Monday, July 23, 2007

My "Liddell" for God

This is Jane. This is the girl in the palm of God's hand. For the second time since the beginning of the year...Jane has been miraculously kept safe.

When I originally posted my prayer prompter I did not anticipate that a few days later God would show me how his Spirit is the prompter of specific prayer requests.

One afternoon I took the children to the library. This library has a fabulous play area in the basement with a breathtaking mural (I must remember to bring my camera sometime to take a picture.) My three older children were wheeling dinosaurs in dump trucks and preparing ten course meals in the multiple play kitchens. Jane was content being held. After a while Jane decided to get down and crawl. I didn't see in coming. The only other child in the room decided to pick Jane up. As I reached to take her from the five-year-old's arms he threw Jane with a terrific force against the floor. She crumpled. I willed my body to move, though my heart had stopped. The way Jane fell I was terrified she was paralyzed. I gently picked her up and blood was spurting out her nose. When she began screaming, the blood rushed to her face and to get that nose to clot became increasingly difficult. By this time my lavender shirt was splattered with fine red dots, the boy and his mom had made a hasty exit, and Jane had thrashed enough for me to know she still had movement in her arms and legs. I thanked God for only that week asking safety for her in my prayers. Thank you all who have prayed alongside me.

This past week when the basement door was left open, Jane fell the entire way down the stairs to the concrete floor below. Once again I thank God in a moment that could have been life altering, Jane only sports a slight bruise on her left cheek. Because Ben is in orthopedics, I hear of people falling five feet off a ladder and never walking again. God must have a fabulous plan for Jane and the use of her legs. Maybe she will be fast like her namesake Eric Liddell. Maybe she will run for the Glory of God. But right now I'm just praising God she's walking.


stephanie said...

anna, oh my goodness. you never know. God has definately sent his angels to protect your little one. besides the wedding ring incident, you have some amazing testimonies. i remember the pedi radiologist (dr swischuk) always says that when toddlers fall, they "bounce and fold" which i guess means they are less likely than adults to break something. maybe that's where they get the term "bouncing baby".

Jeanine said...

Wow, Anna, that just made my heart skip a beat to read that. I am so thankful that she is ok, but appalled that the woman and her child would LEAVE without checking to be sure Jane was not injured! That is just awful. We have had some scares with the stairs ourselves, and I have been told by Kyle the same thing Stephanie said. But it doesn't make the moment and all the "what ifs" any less horrific. Praise God for His protection, that He sees the beginning and the end at once and is always prepared.