John 4:48 – “Then Jesus said unto him, ” Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe”………..”
I will share this story with those who haven’t heard it, so that you can garner Hope and Faith from our brush with the Lord. He truly is the Lord of our lives and all of our gifts are from Him. For those who already have a strong Faith in the Lord, this might help reinforce it and be a story to share with others. For those who are looking for a Sign in a sometimes challenging world, we hope that this brings you some Light to guide your way.
We have always wanted a big Family. After having two (2) beautiful boys, we decided to ask the Lord for more Children. We found out the Lord has Blessed us with another pregnancy just before Christmas in 2005. We were so excited and started assembling our old crib and getting our nursery ready for our new, little Miracle. At around 8 weeks, we went in for our ultrasound, but the technician could only find a sack in my Wife’s womb. We were shocked to learn that there wasn’t a baby inside of her tummy, but then gave it another couple of weeks as opposed to getting a D&C or taking the “Abortion Pill” — which were both suggested to us. Note to all — we found many people who were told that they only had a sack and there wasn’t a baby, only to find that their decision to wait a few more weeks led them to a beautiful Angel from God. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks later, my Wife started bleeding very seriously and had to be rushed to a hospital for an immediate D&C. After breaking many traffic laws and saying a lot of Prayers, we made it to the hospital. We had told everyone about our news on being pregnant almost immediately, so we now had to tell everyone about our disappointment. I got so excited at one of my Sales Meetings at work, that I told a whole room full of people about the baby — it seemed everyone on my Team at the time was pregnant and I wanted to join the baby-fest.
My Wife and I then started the healing process. We ended-up moving in late 2006. We kept our Faith in the Lord and started trying for another baby again in 2007. Then, the Miracle happened. Jesus came to me in my dream one night. He told me that my Wife was pregnant and that we were going to have a healthy baby girl; and, that both my Wife and the baby would be OK. I woke-up the next morning to a look of confusion from my Wife. She couldn’t believe it. She didn’t feel pregnant, nor was she ready to Believe that Jesus would just “drop-by” in one of my dreams to share His Prophesy. Well, I was blown-away and proceeded to go to the pharmacy and get a pregnancy test. Yep, you guessed it — we found out we were pregnant again. This time, we waited to tell anyone. At our first ultrasound this time, we did see a baby, but our OB/GYN Doctor told us that the baby was smaller. They decided to have us come once per week for an ultrasound to monitor the baby closely. Not too many ultrasounds later, the baby was still not growing and Michelle was starting to bleed again. We now feared the worst, but Trusted in the Lord to see us through it again. And, He did………
At this point after a second miscarriage, I left our “baby-future” in my Wife’s hands — with the Lord’s guidance. I was shocked when she told me that she wanted to try one more time. I mean SHOCKED. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am kid and baby crazy (seriously). There is nothing better for me in this world and being a good, Christian Father has always been the number one goal in my life. It’s the only dream I’ve ever truly wanted. So, on our knees we went. I told my Wife that I Believed that my dream with Jesus was still true — only I had misunderstood God’s timing. It’s kind of like when the Jews in Jesus’ time couldn’t Believe that He was the Messiah, because He wasn’t this warrior King, ridding the land of the Romans and bringing the Jewish people to the Promised Land’s Lead once again. He saved them, but not in the way they were expecting. Well, Jesus never said anything without delivering on it. God does not speak in the Old or New Testament and not deliver. I also have a very sincere Reverence of the number three (3) which is related to the Holy Trinity and the Bible. Both my Wife and I Believed that God would see us through the third try. And, I Believed that He would deliver the baby Girl — something my Wife had been praying for her entire life (I mean, a big-time “want”).
Whallah! We were pregnant again. We didn’t even make our first ultrasound appointment on time — we figured we’d wait a little longer, so that everything was in-place, there was no bleeding, and we were ready. When we got to our ultrasound, our Doctor took literally less than 5 seconds to tell us, “yep, this one’s good; you have a less than 1% chance of miscarriage this time”. That was at 10 weeks; not 12 weeks (the usual waiting time to tell everyone that you’re pregnant and get past the miscarriage-danger zone). The due date was set as 12/19/2008. Now, we began to focus in on the Baby and her being a Girl. We closed in our second story loft to have it become our new baby nursery. My Wife would not let me paint it pink just yet, but the Boys and I pressured her often. Our younger Son made us buy a pink pacifier at a maternity store and our older Son had us buy the Baby a baby polar-bear stuffed animal from the zoo. My Wife was so scared to believe that she was having a Girl. She had so much fear of getting her Hopes up about a little Girl in our lives and then finding-out that she had yet another G.I. Joe fanatic running around the house!? So, we kept Praying. All along, I began the process of telling everyone about my Jesus dream. Some found it inspiring. Others were less interested.
Well, when I first wrote this, we had just gotten home from our twenty (20) week ultrasound appointment. The Boys and I all knew it was a Girl. My Wife was still scared. My Wife had asked the technician to write down the gender of the Baby on a small piece of paper and put it in an envelope for her to be able to look at later. We watched as the technician moved her ultrasound wand all over my Wife’s gel-infested belly. We all wowed at the Baby’s feet, hands, legs, back, heart, face, tummy…… It is something really special to see your Baby inside it’s Mother’s womb. My Wife and I had tears in our eyes. Our technician finished and sent my Wife to the potty to unload her bladder that she had to keep full all morning for the best ultrasound viewing (sorry, women — that’s a tough one). Once she left the room, I asked the technician what the Baby’s gender was and she responded that it is “patient confidentiality” and she couldn’t tell me. Boy, I sure knew then where I stood on the baby totem pole!? My Wife waited about three (3) hours to open the envelope and as you guessed, it was a baby Girl. Our technician’s note read “Congratulations, it’s a girl!” — with a smiley face. I was on a business call in my office when our older Son came running in screaming. Needless to say, I asked my business colleague if I could call him back. I found my Wife in my office doorway with tears streaming down her face and a smile that would light up anyone’s darkest day. The Lord had already spoken to me — now, He had spoken to her. My Wife fell to her knees and thanked the Lord. The Boys and I joined her in Prayer and then we all danced to “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin (the best dance we’ve ever done)!!!!
Well, Brothers and Sisters, I’m here today as a witness of God. God has used us to share this with all of you. We are choosing to share this story with you, because we believe that God wants us to. He may have used us as a tool to share His Grace, but this is not a story about us; it is a story about Him. If you are a fellow Believer, thank you for your Faith and Prayers. There is incredible power in Faith and Praying. If you are not a Believer or are unsure about God in any way, please consider this — that Jesus Christ is always there waiting to help you. He is always with you and will always love you. All you need to do is ask.
Is this the end of our big Family dream or just another chapter? I’m not sure. We’ll trust in God on that one. But, I will share one more story. When we were travelling to see my extended Family in another state, we stayed at a Hampton Inn. While eating the breakfast buffet the following morning, an elderly man walked right up to the four (4) of us sitting at the table. He looked right at my Wife and I and said “You should have four. Four’s a good number………..”. He then walked away as mysteriously as he had walked-up to us. My Wife and I both looked at each other and felt like we had just seen an Angel. This Baby, who I am calling “Hope” for now, is number three (3). Maybe, one day, God will bless us again with a number four (4) Miracle. Until that time comes and/or our days end, we will spend our days on our knees thanking God for the Miracles that He has provided us in our lives.
I’ll leave you with my favorite Passages from the Bible:
Romans 5:3 – 5 / “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Matthew 19:26 / “but with God all things are possible.”
Psalms 19:10 / “Be still, and know that I am God.”
May God Bless you and your Families! May He give you the strength through the Holy Spirit to guide you all through your tribulations! May He hold your hand throughout all of the days of your lives! And, may you always find the strength to call to Him and give Him all of the Glory! We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.