“Well, it looks like I’m gonna have to let you go.”
Usually the beginnings of bad news.
“Stephen, you just graduated today.”
Excuse me. What?
Y’all…after 11 years…Stephen was released as a patient from the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department of Baptist Hospital!!
We didn’t see this coming. Thought we’d be doing x-rays for years. Figured this final door of our story would keep swinging open.
But not today!
I hugged Dr. Couture. Had to. Couldn’t help it.
We met in 2007 when he dropped the world’s biggest bombshell on my lap. All while I lay fighting for my own life in the ICU. He handed me procedure names and unanswered questions. And phrases ending with “we won’t know for sure till it’s all done.”
I processed and cried and waited for days. In a world without a husband. In a world that may end without a son.
But for grace…
You know what Dr. Couture told us yesterday?
-They only do this surgery in infants every other year (because they don’t normally make it through the trauma that caused the injury).
-There are only 10 metal plates like Stephen has in the whole world. 10!!! And our boy is wearing number 9 or 10.
-He would never forget Stephen.
And we’ll never forget him. A doctor fresh out of medical school. Who took on a nearly impossible case. Who can’t look at our son without saying, “Amazing.”
But mostly we’ll never forget how faithful God was. In who He sent our way. In how they got there. And in what He used them to do.
We’re over the moon over here. All tears. And shock. And yes…it’s been 11 years but by God’s grace, it’s done.
I know God loves us. Really. I do. I’ve based my whole life on that one big fact. But today…it feels all new and real again.
We serve a God who just keeps loving us. And just keeps being faithful. And just keeps amazing me through His beautiful (but not always easy) plans.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20,21)
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)