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Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)
TITLE: Hide and Seek
By LaRue Kendrick
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“Where are you, Cassie? I’m looking for you.” Mandy loved playing this game with her little daughter. It had become a near-daily activity for the two of them. Mandy thought back to another time and place that made this time all the more special.
When she and Craig had married, they had hopes and plans for a family of their own. Then there was the accident. Craig’s life hung in the balance for nearly two weeks. How she had prayed, and so did the family and church. As for her, there had been life-changing surgery which meant she might never have children.
Recovery for Craig was slow and difficult, but at last he was able to return to the work he loved. She knew he was back to his old self when he declared one morning as he held her close, “Mandy, my Mandy, look what God has given to us; a beautiful life together!”
“O, Craig, I am so thankful that you are doing so much better,” she returned the hug. Then he was off and out the door. She pulled out a chair at the kitchen table, laid her head on her crossed arms and cried out to God. “O, Lord, I truly am so thankful that your healing has brought back the man I love, I really am. But, Lord, what about my healing? I know the surgery has healed well, but my heart is broken. I want so much to be a mother, and Craig will make a terrific father. It just doesn’t seem right that we can’t have a baby. Forgive me, Lord, for grumbling at you. Please help me to accept the life I have and to be thankful for it.”
As time passed and with her many prayers and also prayers for her from faithful friends and family, Mandy finally felt that her broken heart was healing. She did have a good life. She had a close relationship with Jesus and with Craig, and she had decided she would like to go back to school. When she brought up the subject with Craig, he had given her his winsome smile. “If that would make you happy, it will make me happy. You go for it, and I will be your best fan to help you get ‘er done.”
She was six months from graduation. The long hours and loads of homework were taking their toll on her energy. One late afternoon she had dropped her head down onto her arms to close her eyes for just a minute or two. She awoke to someone nibbling on her ear. She giggled as she woke up. “Craig, stop that!” But he didn’t.
His eyes danced with mirth. “I was getting hungry and didn’t see anything cooking so I thought I would just eat your ear.” Now fully, awake, she smelled something yummy and realized that she was hungry too.
“What do I smell? Have you been cooking?”
“I just thought I would help you out a little bit. Food is just about ready. You can finish this after you taste my fine-dining delicacy. Come on, let’s eat.”
She stretched in her chair and grabbed him around the neck and pulled him close. “You are the best husband in the whole world! What would I ever do without you?” He laughed at this pronouncement and lifted her out of her chair.
She was three weeks away from finals when she decided she would make an appointment to see her doctor. Maybe she could give her something to raise her energy level so she could get through these last weeks. She certainly didn’t want to fall on her face at the graduation ceremony!
That was her first knowledge of the little miracle growing inside of her. The doctor had run a few tests and then called her back to explain the results. “No wonder you are weary, Mandy. You are carrying a heavy load with your studies and also carrying a little tiny load that is using up what’s left of your energy. Congratulations! You and Craig are going to be parents!”
Now here she was playing hide and seek with that same little miracle. “Cassie” she called. Sometimes the little girl really did a good job of hiding. Then, all of a sudden there came a loud “Achoo!” from the cupboard under the kitchen sink! I found you, Cassie! Your sneeze led me right to you.
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