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Topic: birthday (05/23/05)
TITLE: The reality of God's love
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I was in the kitchen making a birthday cake for my son Levi, and my husband was outside with our two boys, roasting hamburgers and potatoes over the open fire. I kept peeping out the window to make sure that all was OK, and to make sure that the boys were not getting to close to the fire.
As I put the cake in the oven to bake, I heard BJ saying to our youngest son, Levi " Come on Levi, you can get it up." I recognized the worried tone in my husband's voice, and ran outside to see what was happening. There stood Levi, his face red and his mouth wide open, clearly choking on something. BJ told me that he had just given Levi a little piece of potato. I could tell that he was not breathing at all, and it was obvious that he needed help getting this piece of potato out of his airway. I immediately picked him up and performed the Heimilech maneuver. After about 15 seconds, I turned him over to see if it had been cleared from his airway. As I looked into his face and saw that the potato had not yet come up, I felt an overpowering fear and helplessness. This was the day that we were to celebrate his life and yet the fear of losing him was so real in that moment.I tried the heimlich a second time, to no avail.
It's amazing how many thoughts can go through your mind in those brief moments of time when you are engulfed by fear. I remember crying out to God with all my soul. I began to wonder what I would do if I lost this precious son that He had given me. Oh, the guilt that overcame me. The feelings of inadequacy, the realization of the frailty of human life were all so very real to me in that moment. I turned Levi over and gave the Heimilech another try. The Lord chose that moment to free that piece of potato from Levi's airways. I heard him breathe, and I began to cry. I was trembling with fear and gratitude. I was overcome with joy, a joy unlike any I had ever known. This was a birthday I would never forget, for the joy I felt was not only for His saving my child's life, but the joy of knowing that He did not spare His only Son for me. He not only gave me my child back, He allowed me to experience a small part of the agony that He must of felt as we nailed His Son to the cross.
I want to spend the rest of my days praising the Lord for the life that He gives. I praise Him for the life that He gives us here on this Earth that allows us many opportunities, like the one I had today, to recognize His love for us and His Sovereignty in our lives. We are His children. This truth rings louder for me today than ever before. What a privilege it is to walk this Earth knowing this God who
gave His only Son for us is right there with us, allowing us these trials in our lives that enable us to catch a glimpse of the reality of His love for us!!
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