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Topic: Happy (07/12/07)
- TITLE: "An Appointment with Happiness"
By Phala Rasmussen
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Becky and her husband walked through the door of the sterile hospital for what seemed like the hundredth time. Today was a follow-up appointment with Dr. Bennett, the third doctor she had been referred to for help. Dr. Bennett was supposed to be quite the expert in his field, and he was Becky’s last hope for a miracle.
Becky’s husband took her hand as they stepped into the elevator. He tried to be the strong one, hiding his emotions and calming his own nerves by trying to comfort Becky. They stood silently in the elevator, watching the numbers go up, waiting anxiously to see the number twelve light up.
When they arrived at the eighth floor, the maternity ward, a healthy young woman in a wheelchair was gently pushed onto the elevator by her husband. Becky immediately saw the small, fragile hand that immersed from the mountain made of a blanket, hat, and booties that the young woman held so close to her. Becky smiled at the sight of the new, pink skin that wrinkled around the baby girl as it waited for her to grow. Becky’s husband squeezed her hand, knowing what she was thinking… how hard it was to not know where her life would take her, to have her body dictate their plans.
Before she had too long to think on such things, the number twelve lit up at the top of the elevator and the doors opened. Becky took a deep breath and slowly exhaled as she and her husband stepped off the elevator and made their way to Dr. Bennett’s office.
When they arrived, the nurse quickly ushered them into the doctor’s private office. This immediately worried Becky, who feared this may mean something was terribly wrong. But as quickly as the feeling of dread came over her, a bible verse she had read that morning lifted her fears and calmed her spirit.
“ ‘Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ Nehemiah 8:10,” she quietly whispered into the silence of the office. Her husband looked at her and smiled. They both knew that because of their faith, they would get through whatever news the doctor told them. They would find joy in the Lord, whatever their circumstances. “Yes,” she thought to herself. “I am happy, and I will continue to be happy, no matter what news he may give us.”
Just then Dr. Bennett came into the room. “Sorry to keep you waiting,” he said, as he sat behind his desk.
Becky looked up at the kind man with whom she had placed so much of her hope. She recalled praying with him and her husband over her treatments and tests, and remembered being so happy that while she put hope in the doctor, all three of them also put their hope in Christ.
Now Becky and her husband looked up at Dr. Bennett, not knowing what he would say…or how it was about to change their lives forever.
Dr. Bennett looked at Becky intently as a big smile came over his face.
“Well, Becky…our prayers have been answered. The treatments worked.”
Becky’s husband fell back into his seat as Becky gasped and covered her mouth with her hand. “You mean, I’m….?”
“Yes, Becky…you’re pregnant.”
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