Just Breathe, Jesus said
by lynn gipson
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My great nephew was recently born six weeks early. His little lungs were not fully developed and he had to have both a breathing tube and a feeding tube administered for two weeks in order to survive. During this time, I worried about what he might have been going through and it came to me it must have been something like this:
“Well, I made through that little tunnel, now what do I do, Lord?” asked Daniel, as the first ray of light hit his face.
“We seem to have a little problem.” Jesus said.
“No kidding, I’m gasping for air here!” Daniel said.
“Just trust me, and don’t panic, I am right here with you, just breathe!” Jesus said.
“Don’t panic? Just breathe? You’re not the one turning purple here, if I could breathe I would scream!” cried Daniel.
“Don’t scream, just let go and let me do my work with the doctor. We will get you some air.” Jesus said.
“What’s a doctor? Oh, that being there in the white coat. Wait a minute, what’s he ramming down my throat?" Dear Lord, now I really can’t breathe, he’s killing me!” Daniel cried out. “Oh, no, not another one! This ones's going up my nose! Please stop him, please. What‘s going on here?”
“Just relax now, and keeping breathing, you will be better in a minute, hang on now, I am right here.“ Jesus said.
“You’d better be, cause I think I’m coming right back with you!” Daniel said, in a frenzy.
“No, you just got here and God has big plans for you.” Jesus said calmly.
“I hope one of His plans doesn’t include....oh now, that’s nice, I can breathe! Breathing feels so good, I might like this place after all. But I can’t seem to do much, and I am a little hungry, Lord.” said Daniel, trying to kick one leg hopelessly in the air.
“Your hunger will go away in a few minutes. Right now there is someone here to meet you.” Jesus said.
“Oh, my mother! There she is! Hello Mother, I wondered where you were. I’m sorry, I'm afraid I was in such a hurry to meet you I got here a little too early!” Daniel cried out silently.
“Why doesn’t she pick me up and hold me? I thought that’s what mothers did. Oh, she stroking my head and feet and hands, that feels so good.” Daniel said.
“She can’t pick you up until you start breathing better, but that will be in no time, I promise.” Jesus said.
“Oh, I can’t wait until that happens. Hey I’m not hungry anymore, and she didn’t even feed me.” Daniel said.
“You have a feeding tube at the moment, but soon your mother will be able to feed you.” Jesus explained.
“Is this really what life is all about?’ Breathing tubes and such?” asked Daniel.
“No, but it is about trials and tribulations sometimes, and everyone experiences them. You just happened to go through them a little earlier than most.” Jesus replied.
“I’ll think I’ll just sleep, now.” Daniel said, yawning.
“Hey, Dear Lord, how long have I been asleep?” asked Daniel.
“Off and on, for about two weeks.” Jesus replied.
“Wow, I guess I got better, cause the tubes are gone and I can breathe! Where did you go while I was sleeping?“ Daniel asked.
“I was right here by your side.” Jesus said.
“Oh, here's that Mother being again, and oh wow, she’s picking me up, snuggling me, and now she’s feeding me. This is what I’ve been waiting for, and there are a lot of other beings here, smiling at me through that glass window.” Daniel said, kicking his little legs now with no effort.
“They're called people here on earth,and those are your father, brother and sister, and they are very happy to see you.” Jesus explained.
"Do they love me?" Daniel asked.
"Very much so, and they will take good care of you as you grow up." replied Jesus.
“Are you leaving now, Dear Lord?” asked Daniel.
“No, I will be with you for the rest of you life.” Jesus promised.
“Good, Dear Lord, cause I’m gonna need you. This life thing is scary.” Daniel replied.
“Yes, it can be, but fear not, for I will never leave you or forsake you, I am with you always.” Jesus said.
"That's good to know, Dear Lord, good to know." said Daniel, as he drifted off to dream about his life to come.
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Loved this look at birth through the eyes of a newborn. Congratulations for having it published on the Christian witness ezine! Wing His Words!
The perspective of being in the other's shoes and being able to dwell more on the hope that the Lord's Presence brings than any fears that are struggling to take its place is a very creative way of sharing the hope we all can have in God. Nice, Lynn! Praying that little 'Daniel' continues in faith :)
Oh so sweet! But having a creative imagination like this can also be painful. I loved the presence of Jesus through it all.