Friday, December 21, 2012

God's Perfect Timing

God’s Perfect Timing

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

The joy of expecting! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to be having a baby! I bought every pregnancy book; I followed my doctor’s orders to the letter. This was going to be the perfect pregnancy. Until it wasn’t!

When I was only five months pregnant, I went into labor and was rushed to the hospital. The outlook was very grim. The chance of this baby surviving delivery was very slim. And even if she survived, she would have little quality of life. They kept saying she was just “born too soon.”

She came fighting into this world and took our hearts! From the moment we saw her, it was love at first sight! All one pound seven ounces and eleven inches of her! I was in love! McKenzie Grace!

The next several months proved to be some of the longest, hardest, challenging months of our life. We had our highest highs when McKenzie had good days, as well as our lowest lows when McKenzie had her bad days. From the start, almost on a daily basis, we were reminded not to get our hopes up too much – that even though she would have a good day every once in a while, the doctors still did not expect much.

But as the hours turned into days turned into weeks turned into months, McKenzie fought with every tiny ounce of her being! She was getting stronger, a little every day, she was proving the doctors wrong!

Being born at 24 weeks, all the doctors could tell us was that very few babies survived, and those who did, have very poor prognosis. “Being born too soon” that was the problem.

But what they didn’t know was that McKenzie was not “born too soon,” she was born right on schedule – God’s schedule. And His timing is never wrong! All those days, weeks and months that we feared she might not survive, God already knew that she would; He already had her life planned out.

Thank you God for Your perfect timing! God during this Advent Season, remind us during this time of expectant waiting, to remember that You already have the answers.We only need follow You. Amen.

Jamie Hagy

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