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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
- TITLE: God's Surprise
By Sharon Eastman
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While the sun streamed through the bathroom window, Caroline studied her image in the vanity mirror. She was happy; life was good. Her husband, Gary made a nice income working as an engineer at the chemical company. Sons, Justin and Jason, were grown and living independently at the state university. She had just finished a course in dental assisting and was on her to her first day of work. Although she loved it, after all the years of care giving she had time to pursue her own interests. With that thought in mind, she kissed her fingers and touched her reflection in the mirror. She was satisfied and in control.
Abruptly, the telephone rang and ended her reverie. To her surprise the nurse from her gynecologist’s office spoke. “We’ve found some irregularity in your exam and blood work. Could you please come back for another exam?”
“Yes, of course,” she said in wonderment. She bit her lower lip. “ I’ll be there next Tuesday.”
“Thank you, Caroline,” the nurse said.
Caroline hung up the phone in dismay. What could be the problem, she brooded.
Caroline was nervous as she prepared for Dr. Phelp’s exam that Tuesday morning. She had fretted about this visit, but Gary had reassured her that everything would be fine. She declared that she was only 44 years old and felt wonderful. Gary tenderly calmed her with; “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:7 NIV
She shivered nervously as she entered the doctor’s office. The nurses and aides seemed extremely happy to see her. Caroline registered, sat down, and turned magazine pages with rapid blindness. “Caroline, come, let’s go to room four,” the nurse said. Again, she bit her lower lip as she waited for Dr. Phelps.
“Hello, Caroline,” Dr. Phelps said as he entered the room. “How have you been feeling?”
“Great, just great!! But, I have put on five pounds, and I don’t understand why,” she replied.
“From your tests and exam, we have discovered that you’re four months pregnant.”
“What? I’m 44 years old – it can’t be true!
“We’ll take another test and give you another exam, but I’m certain you’re pregnant.”
“”Oh, Dr. Phelps, I’m old enough to be a grandmother. And, I just got to the point where I had a little life to myself. I have a new job, and Gary and I were going to travel. I love babies; I love my boys; but what will I do with a new baby?”
“You’ll love it, cherish it, and raise it to be a fine, godly adult – just as you already have.”
A smile slipped onto Caroline’s face. “A baby, oops, God has played a wonderful joke on me.”
“Yes, a wonderful surprise.” He left the room gallantly and left Caroline to her private thoughts.
Five months later in the birthing center at Riverside Hospital Caroline lay comfortably in bed. Gary was by her side holding her hand and stroking her damp hair. This auburn mass revealed the heavy toil and hard labor of delivering her third child. Goosebumps traveled up and down her spine. She praised the Lord in ecstasy.
“She’s beautiful, isn’t she, our little girl,” Gary said teardrops seeping from his eyes.
“Oh, God has blessed us exceedingly.” She glanced at the bassinet, which held God’s wondrous creation.
At that point Dr. Phelps sauntered into their room. “Congratulations,” he exclaimed. “May this baby girl bring you a lifetime of joy.”
Gary said, “She already has. Whoever thought we’d be parents again in our 40s?! She’s turned our oops into whoops of laughter and delight.”
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