My cousin’s Jeff and Kathy had their 4th little girl about 3-4 weeks ago. Little miss Kennedy was born with a diaphragmatic hernia and developed meningitis. You may be thinking to your self…self, what in the world is a diaphragmatic hernia!? Well, good thing you asked. It basically means that there is a hole in her diaphragm which allows her small intestines to go up through the hole into her chest cavity, collapsing her left lung. Here’s a picture of what it looks like…http://www.schneiderchildrenshospital.org/peds_html_fixed/peds/hrnewborn/dph.htm
The Dr.’s didn’t catch this during the pregnancy or during the delivery which is rare because an overwhelming percentage of babies with this condition are stillborn or miscarried. However, Kennedy came into the world fighting! After 14 days of antibiotics for meningitis, the doctor’s at Cook Children’s Hospital decided it was time for surgery to repair the hole!
I have been getting her updates on CaringBridge, so…I emailed a bunch of friends, and family, and my entire church/school staff at Prince of Peace, and my bible study, etc. etc. I pulled out all the stops! haha I asked them to pray for complete and total healing, and my specific pray was that the Dr.’s would go in to do surgery and find nothing but a healthy and precious little muffin!!! To be honest, I don’t even know if I fully believed that but I just was praying and hoping with what I had. I guess I should have been really active in praying for God to help my unbelief! My trip to Kenya (which might be another blog, another day) really shook me to the core, and specifically with babies…I just am almost scared to ask God for something as big as miraculous healing. That being said, I rallied the troops, got on my knees, and waited.
So, this morning, at 7:30am, Kennedy went into surgery. The surgeon went in to operate, only to be shocked to see that her diaphragm was perfectly intact, and all her organs were in the right spot and they looked pristine. I am not sure if you just read that sentence or not, but they went in to fix a problem that kills something like 85% or so of babies that have it before they are even born….and the problem was completely GONE!!!! The Doctor’s in the operating room even stopped and said that this is a miracle of God! I am blown away…God answered my prayer…down to the most specific details! AHHHH! I am flabbergasted, awestruck, and speechless. If you know me, it takes a lot for me to be speechless!
God is good. He would be good regardless of whether or not He healed Kennedy the way He has, but this has just been such a sweet outpouring of His grace and mercy and overwhelming love. I’m thinking of that song… “How He Loves”.
“When all of the sudden, I am unaware of the afflictions eclipsed by glory.
And I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.”
I can’t even begin to fathom how, or why He chose to heal Kennedy in the way He did, yet others He doesn’t…but I know that God is good, and God is sovereign and He can be trusted.
I have been blessed to see God do things like this kind of often in my life, and I have started writing them down now…I call it my Glory Journal. This way, when I get into a season of struggle, I can look back and remind my heart of what God has done in the past. As Dr. Allman says in all his classes at DTS “What God has done in the past is a model and a promise of what He will do in the future, though God is too creative to do the same thing the same way twice.”
Please pass this story along to anyone and everyone! I just want God to receive all the glory, honor, and praise for what He has done! He is mighty and powerful and loves to heal His children!!
Psalm 103: 3-4
“Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion.”