Maybe the unseasonably bleak weather, together with some frightening medical news, pushed my mind's replay button on the words:
"Though the earth seemed bleak and barren
And the seeds lay brown and dead,
Yet the promise of life throbbed within them,
And I knew spring was just ahead.
Thank God for the promise of springtime,
Once again my heart will sing;
There's a brand new day that is dawning,
Two weeks ago our daughter and her husband went for a prenatal exam. The ultra-sonographer and then the perineatologist saw that their 10-week-old baby had a relatively large cystic hygroma. In the early weeks of pregnancy such a finding indicates very high odds of chromosomal abnormalities which may be incompatible with life. With heavy hearts we have waited nearly two weeks for a repeat sonogram. Meanwhile, Rachel and Curt prayed and processed the news.
Thank God for the promise of spring."
Here are Rachel's own words after the first exam:
"Curt, Will and I wanted to share with you that we are expecting baby #2. I am sharing the news with you all now, so that you can please be in prayer for our baby. We had our first ultrasound this week and got to hear the baby's heart beat. However, the ultrasound revealed extra fluid on the baby's neck. My OB recommended that I see the perinatalogist and receive genetic testing. We went the next day to the perinatologist...who said that the baby has a cystic hygroma...
I know that through suffering we come to know Christ in a more intimate way, and for that I am thankful...But I must say, that humanly we are sad, dissappointed, fearful, while at the same time, grateful that we can trust the Lord in ALL circumstances.
We are reminded of Romans 8:31 'What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not whithold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?' And verses 37-39: 'No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinved that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.'
God also reminded me...that he 'uses the weak things of the world to shame the wise and the lowly things of the world He will lift up.' God, our Father, is our ultimate example of loving the weak and helpless. And at this time when we are feeling weak, we know that He is the one who makes us strong. And if we have a weak and helpless baby, He will be sufficient in his or her weakness. "