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Topic: Thump (05/30/13)
TITLE: The Night of the Delivery
By Cinda Carter
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I was hoping and praying that the baby would be born during the time we were visiting but what are the chances of that happening? Slim to almost none but God had a plan.
We had, had a baby shower earlier on the first day we arrived. We fixed up the babies room for the homecoming, not realizing when the baby would be born or what it was going to be. There was excitement in the air. We were preparing for a new life to come into this world. We hung curtains, put the bassinet up and set everything in place.
That same night my daughter's water bag broke. We all moved into action. There were a few people that were in that night while we were there at their house. They all loaded up in their car, five adults including my daughter, her husband and baby made six. Jim and I followed them on the way to the hospital. It was pouring down rain in the wee hours of the morning.
We traveled awhile and then we heard this thumping, repeatedly. Thump, Thump, Thump! We saw them pulling off to the side of the highway. Jim, “what are they doing?” Jim said “I think they have a flat tire.” At that point they all jumped out of the car and were coming toward us. By God's grace we had a station wagon. One by one they got into the car with Jim driving, me in the middle and another person in the front seat with us. My daughter and husband with the others climbed into the back seats. I counted heads and their were seven of us in one car and baby made eight. We moved on as they gave us directions in which way to take. The first hospital wouldn't take them since she was only dilated three centimeters. So, we moved on and was in search for another hospital. By the time we arrived at the next one she was dilated five centimeters then, admitted into the hospital.
Jim, as the grandfather to be, two grandmothers, cousins and friends were their that night to see the baby delivered. Only two or three were allowed in the delivery room. While we were waiting outside and she was in labor, I decided I was going to move a chair in place in the waiting room to sit down. About that time, believe it or not, my back went out. I couldn't believe it. I made my way to the emergency room to be checked out by a doctor. It was quite await and I could hardly wait to get back upstairs before the baby was born. They gave me some muscle relaxers to help with the pain. Eventually I made my way back upstairs.
I really don't remember at what time the baby was born but I do remember how I felt when I held my new baby granddaughter in my arms for the first time. It was simply amazing how God had worked the whole thing out for us to be there to make sure my daughter and everyone got to the hospital on time and safely.
God's timing is always perfect, he is never late. Jesus is always on time for us in whatever situation we may find ourselves in. Who would of guessed it would be split second timing. A new baby girl was born into this world. Then to be able to be apart of it was so, amazing. God will never cease to amaze me.
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