Sunday, April 15, 2012

Every Life

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."  
Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)
Live baby found in morgue. Shown: A newborn baby holds his mother's hand at the intensive care unit of the Marie Curie children's hospital, on March 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Did anyone happen to see this picture?  
Or read the incredible story that followed it?  

It turns out the picture shown and the story that followed are actually from two entirely different situations.  

The picture shown is of a newborn baby holding his mother's hand in the intensive care unit of the Marie Curie Children's Hospital in Bucharest, Romania.  I don't know the outcome of his fight for life.
Is this little one still alive?
Is he still fighting?
I hope with all my heart that he is!  I hope he didn't give up!
I pray that he is better by now and that God chose to heal him and extend his life.

My thoughts turned towards this mother....the one whose hand is shown in the photo...with her tiny baby's fingers curled around hers.  
I thought of all of the times our sweet boy's tiny fingers have curled around Kevin's and mine.  
I still remember the first times he did absolutely has to be one of the sweetest emotions in the world and is definitely among my most precious memories.  
The mother in the she still blessed with this privilege?  This precious gift?
Does her baby's heart still beat?  
Has she gone home with a shattered an empty nursery?  
Was this her only child?
Will she ever have another?  

The story that followed the picture was almost unbelievable.
A newborn baby girl in Argentina was born, prematurely and declared dead by hospital officials.  
Two hours after being given a death certificate and 12 hours after the birth, the baby's mother and father went to the morgue to see their daughter one last time and take her picture.  
When they arrived and found her casket, they heard a faint cry coming from inside.  
Miraculously, she was still alive!
They named her Luz Milagros, which means, "Miracle Light".  

The story touched me deeply.  
The picture made me cry.

It made me think about how precious life is.
And how God has a plan.
For each and every life.
No matter how brief or how long.

I am left to wonder what happened to the tiny baby in the picture.
I wonder if his journey is over.
And I am left to marvel at the miraculous plan God has for little Luz Milagros' life.
What an incredible story!
What a remarkable her parents...and to the world as they read and hear of her unusual beginning.

Every life has a purpose.

Remember Esther?
She was a beautiful Jewish girl who was chosen by God to fulfill a very special purpose.
After Queen Vashti failed to fulfill her duty to King Ahasuerus, he was enraged and he relieved her of her position.  She was no longer queen.
A search was conducted throughout the land, and Esther was chosen to be Vashti's successor.

God had a reason.
He always does.

There came a day that a wicked scheme was put into place that would completely obliterate the Jewish people.  Because Esther was in her rightful place...faithful in the circumstances in which God had placed her, she was able to intercede with her husband, the King, on behalf of her people.
The evil conspiracy was thwarted, and the Jews were spared.

Did she always understand God's plan?
Did it make sense that she had to leave her home and life to serve a greater purpose?
When her Uncle Mordecai spoke with her concerning what was at stake for her people, he said this, "...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"  Esther 4:14 (KJV)

Every life is important to God....Esther's, the baby's in the picture, the baby's in the story....and yours.

Your life has a are not here by accident.
You are an integral part of a very big plan...designed by Almighty God.

There is a reason for your existence.
No matter how old or how young you are, it is not coincidence that you live and breathe.
You were brought to the Kingdom "for such a time as this".

You have unique qualities, a unique history, unique experiences...that only you can bring to the Kingdom.
Everything that has happened in your life has led you to this place...this time.

I love the lyrics to the song, "Light After Darkness".
Especially the third verse....
"Near after distant,
Gleam after gloom,
Love after loneliness,
Life after tomb;
After long agony,
Rapture of bliss,
Right was the pathway,
Leading to this."

Things may not make sense to you.
You may not be able to trace God's hand or understand how He is working.
But, you are right where you are supposed to be.

And just as He had His hand on that tiny infant...declared a casket....still very much alive....
He has His hand on you, my friend.
Trust Him.
One day, it will all make perfect sense.

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