My son, Gabriel, had a tough journey from the start. My entire pregnancy was very difficult and it culminated in a very dangerous birth. We barely got to the hospital in time. I was almost fully dilated and I think the stress of trying to get to the hospital and being jostled around a scrambling to a birthing room, caused an umbilical cord prolapse. They told me I had to get him out NOW or they were going to have to do an emergency C-section because his oxygen supply was being cut off.
I pushed with everything I had and he came out, blue and not moving. He was also tiny at 5 pounds, 10 ounces. The newborns size clothes we had bought were too big!!
The revived him and he was ok but later struggled with learning to walk and other tasks. He needed a lot of early intervention therapy. He needed title one support in kindergarten and 1st grade to bring him up to grade level.
Just this past year has been an agonizing ride as we had to go through topical steroid withdrawal. He missed a ton of school as he the condition was so painful and debilitating.
It’s been a tough, tough journey but we serve a faithful God. A good God.
Many nights his father and I knelt next to his bed and prayed over him after he fell asleep. You’ve never met a child more loved and adored by his parents!
We’ve always thought he was amazing and smart and gifted, even if those qualities needed a bit of nurturing to emerge fully.
Well…. yesterday I opened a letter from his school inviting him to apply for the Quest program; a program for highly gifted students, because he was showing signs of exceptional giftedness.
I stood in my kitchen as tears filled my eyes.
Proud doesn’t begin to cover it.
“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
Today when you face your struggles, remember that God wants to use them to prepare you for greatness. He has an end game and it is GOOD. Pray hard, believe, do your best and you will be rewarded.