Hands and house

Hands and house

Monday, May 17, 2010

Memorial Box Monday - Only God...

     Once again I am so humbled by the things that God reminds me of. Today's story is one that only God could have orchestrated and it meant the world to one tired mama.

Box, it is a 'box' or space in your home that you use to remember the things that God has done. It the box you place an item as a reminder so that you can look back, talk about and remember how faithful God is. Memorial Box Monday was started by Linny at A Place Called Simplicity and if you want to read more about the idea Click Here

   This story begins last August in a tiny, dark hospital room. We spent the last 10 days travelling to Southern China to get our 2 year old daughter Georgia Mei, this day was actually her second birthday. Georgia had a very serious heart condition and we had been told that we literally would need to "risk her life in order to save it". The 16 hour International flight could have been too much for her heart but she had to get stateside to get the surgery she needed. We landed in Seattle, our every last nerve spent, to a huge group of friends and family, celebrated for a few minutes and headed straight to the hospital. Our little girl dressed in her pink silk Chinese dress and tutu was immediately admitted so they could start stablizing her heart for open heart surgery.

    The time in China had been filled with joy and desperation. Oh how my heart soared at holding my girl close, sleeping with her little head next to mine. She was incredibly frail, her legs would buckle if she tried to stand she would have spells where she would turn blue and sometimes lose consciousness. I cherished her first smiles and little giggles and begged and prayed with all my heart, "please turn pink, please, turn pink, please turn pink" as I held her, blue as a blueberry gasping for breath.

     Now, we sat cuddled as best we could in a vinyl rocker, me trying to comfort our beyond precious, scared baby girl. Wires coiled out of every part of her jammies and her heart continually set off the monitors...nursing staff rushing in with startling quickness. My little baby girl. For her, everything had changed. Every sight, smell, sound taste...all of it was now so foreign. Her simple world was now filled not only with a whole different culture but with machines and tubes and wires and panic. I held her and prayed, prayed so hard that the Lord would comfort her heart. I grieved that she had to walk this road. There was no way that it was even close to fair. I prayed that God would somehow bring something of comfort for her.

     Our room was divided by one of those curtains on a track. Until now our 'roomies' had not made a peep. I heard someone stir and my first thought was panic, what if I could not keep Georgia quiet? It was the middle of the day for her and she was grieving hard. I never could have predicted what came next....

      A man began to quietly speak...presumably to his child on the other side of the curtain...and he spoke in Chinese! Georgia immediately calmed and snuggled up on my shoulder...tears of disbelief ran down my face. This father continued to comfort his daughter in the language my daughter had left behind.

      Only God could care that deeply...only He could make that happen. As it turned out, this family was from Mainland southern China! They were our roomates for the next 5 days and the father was there round the clock with his 5 year old girl who was recovering from open heart surgery! He translated for us, cared for us, sang to Georgia. He was absolutely, without a doubt what we all needed.

      It just makes me smile and the tears come again....only God, and He cares that much at that level for us all!!!!!

"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
Luke 12:7

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
Zepheniah 3:17

In my Memorial Box? I just placed a little stuffed figurine of a Chinese man...

To read about how Georgia Mei is doing now Click Here (The Adventures of Supergirl!)

and to read our travel and surgery blog Click Here (for some reason you have to scroll through it to get to the beginning...sorry)


Jdaniels said...

How completely amazing and wonderful! You're right ... only God would know ahead of time that Georgia would need a calming, familiar sound right then - and provide it! Praise the Lord!

natali said...

amazing! :))

From all of us with love said...

I love your posts of God's goodness and mercy. You are a very special lady with such a heart. God is so cool. Only God could arrange a fleshly, earthly comforter for His girls;) It is so great that the man's words comforted both of you so deeply.

Tara Anderson said...

Oh my goodness...I am SOBBING over here!!! What an incredible God story!!!

SarahTien said...

Ok, it's official. From now on, I won't read your blog (especially on Mondays) unless I have a box of tissue within reach. I can't believe how many stories you have of God being soooo tangible. Thank you for sharing!!

Renee said...

Oh my goodness, tears are rolling down my face and I am praising God for loving your sweet Georgia so much that He provided this miracle in her life while preparing her for another! He is so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this story today. It has touched my heart and I know it will reach others too.

Cara said...

God is so loving! I've literally teared up - what a wonderful blessing during a time of unrest.

Anonymous said...

How beautiful. I actually gasp when you said the man began to speak in Chinese! God was comforting your sweet, scared little girl.

Valerie and Jeff said...

That is incredible and so precious! I don't know if I had read that before, but it just brought so many tears! Thank you so much for sharing and helping us to know SO DEEPLY that he sees and feels our deepest needs and provides for them.
What a blessings!


Mom Of Many said...

Amazing! Absolutely something that only our Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-giving God would and could do...Yippee Jesus!!

The Richerts said...

Oh Shannon -- I didn't remember that part of the story. We are a forgetful people. Thank you for sharing God's goodness.

Melissa said...

Only God !! Awesome story !!!

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

Oh, how I felt the Mighty Hand of God when I read your Memorial Box story.

Only God indeed!



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