Update: Baby & Momma (one week later)
First off … I want to thank our friends who stepped up a week ago as Amanda was admitted to the hospital and prayed, cried, felt the tension of the moment with us, and most importantly just loved us through those few tense hours. You have no idea how powerful it is to realize that you’re not in this alone, to know that you’ve got people that love you and care for you, and to feel the generous warmth of their support. Amanda came home from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. The doctors feel like the positioning of the baby played a role in developing a few small kidney stones and most likely a kidney infection. They treated her for the pain as she passed the stones and started her on some safe antibiotics to treat the infection. She still feels a little weak today, but she kicking it back in her normal routine. Baby girl Simmons is doing just fine. Today she is 24 weeks and 1 day old, as big as an eggplant (9 inches and about 1.7 lbs), and getting ready to invade earth for the glory of Jesus. Starting in the 24th week the baby begins to move a lot, so we’ve felt her quite a bit over the last few days. If you listen to Amanda describe how our little girl’s moving, it sounds a lot like she’s training to become a river dancer. Through this episode Jesus, again, proved Himself. Following Him is a ridiculous adventure. There will be challenges; it’s not smooth sailing. However, as we approach parenthood I am confident that God, himself, began this. Through all of this I’ve been reminded, again, that our child is His. When you recognize that something isn’t yours, it helps you also recognize your role in this whole thing. I’m not in charge. I’m not ultimately responsible. It’s Jesus’ story. I get to play a role and watch Him write it. Philippians 1:6 puts it this way: “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Maybe you feel responsible for something that, ultimately, you’re not responsible for. Maybe, just like me, you need to be reminded that you’re playing a part, but Jesus is writing the story. Maybe you need to let go of some false sense of control. Maybe this could be that moment.