Monday, February 23, 2009

Who of you by worrying........

In Matthew 6:27 Jesus says, "who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" The words are so powerful, but the application is often difficult. After committing to adopt the girls, we discovered that Vanessa's medical conditions were pretty serious. In reading her medical records, we found many conditions that we were unfamiliar with...... retinal angiopathy, PFO, congenital hypotheriosis, and so on and so on. As we researched these conditions on the trusty Internet, we discovered how serious they could be. Vanessa would need immediate surgery for one condition and would likely become blind from another. Each condition we looked up looked like bad news and for a second...... for the first time...... we started to worry about our commitment. Were we doing the right thing? Are we prepared to raise a child who is blind? Did we make our decision too quickly? I'm embarrassed to admit that we started to doubt.......

Then we thought about all of those children with Down Syndrome who's parents never gave them a chance. The pregnancies that are terminated before the child took it's first breath. We committed to adopt Elisa and Vanessa and that is no different than finding out you are pregnant..... we just happen to be pregnant with children who are a little bit older. We are in the first trimester and the doctors gave us some bad news..... but they are still our children..... our gifts from God.

After renewing our commitment and getting past this weak moment, a friend gave us a website where doctors would review your child's medical records and give you a report on what those conditions meant.... in layman terms. We received the report for Vanessa this weekend and it was amazing! Not only were the conditions not as serious as we had thought, but we were also told of how common it was for these children to be misdiagnosed. God is soooo good! "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?" What great words and what a blessing to live by those words.

1 comment:

  1. You guys are amazing! We are praying for Vanessa and Elisa's health every day!! Love you guys!