Miraculous Moment!

February 25, 2009

A mere three days ago I watched a tiny 1 lb 10 oz baby boy make his entrance into the world. Only 24 weeks and 4 days after conception, he arrived via C-section and with much protest, his faint yet determined cry breaking the near silence of the operating room.  He is the smallest living human being I’ve ever seen.  His body would easily fit in the palm of my hand.  Even though the odds are stacked against him, I know he is a fighter and he will win!

The baby was carried by my daughter Emily, but he is not my grandson.  Emily was acting as a surrogate for a friend, proving once again that the biggest gifts do indeed come in small packages!  While I have no biological relationship to this child, I can’t help but feel a bond.  I was there when he was born. I prayed, afraid to breathe for myself until I knew for certain that he was taking breaths of his own.

And when I heard his first cries, I cried along with him.  Tears of joy and tears of sorrow mixed together.  The emotion was indescribable, bittersweet to say the least.

The baby’s parents named him Luke.  He is an adorably precious reminder of how miraculous life truly is.

This song is  “Miracle of the Moment” by Steven Curtis Chapman.  It reminds us that each moment holds a miracle of it’s own.  Never take any one of them for granted!

Some of my favorite lyrics from the song are:

“And if it brings you tears, then taste them as they fall. Let them soften your heart.

And if it brings you laughter, then throw your head back and let it go! Let it go! You gotta let it go! …

And listen to your heart beat.

And breathe it in and breathe it out.  And listen to your heartbeat.

There’s a wonder in the here and now.  It’s right there in front of  you.

I don’t want you to miss the miracle of the moment”

I am dedicating this post to Baby Luke.

I hope the rest of you enjoy it too!

(I didn’t make this video.  I only borrowed it from YouTube!)


Don’t Worry! Be Happy!

February 13, 2009

My five year old grand-daughter, Esther had a doctor’s appointment yesterday afternoon.  She listened intently as the Pediatrician explained to her Mother that he would get a “diagnosis” and decide whether or not Esther needed medication for her ailment.   At the word “diagnosis”, Esther’s cheeks grew red and her face took on a somber expression.

She looked at my daughter, Emily and said, “But Mama! … Diagnosis is what they give the kids at the St. Jude Hospital for children!”

Because Esther’s experience with the word was limited to what she’d learned from a few brief moments of contact with t.v. commercials, she believed that “diagnosis” meant something terrible must be happening to her.

Thankfully, Emily was able to reassure Esther and help her to understand that a “diagnosis” in her situation was not going to result in a long hospital stay or the potential loss of her beautiful blond hair.  Now that Esther has been educated, she’s no longer worried about the consequences of being “diagnosed”.

I must say that Mamaw Becky feels better now too!  I can’t stand the thought of my precious grand-daughter being frightened so badly by such an imaginary threat.  I am so glad she spoke up and voiced her concerns to her mother!  Otherwise, she could have literally worried herself sick over her impending “diagnosis”.

Research shows that the vast majority of  things we worry about never take place.  This is probably due largely due to the fact that we we base our reactions on incomplete, or unrealistic information.   Most often, if we take the time to investigate we will realize that our concerns are a bit on the irrational side.   When all is said and done, it becomes obvious that all our worry has been in vain.

What a waste of time and brain cells!

The next time something happens that causes your “worry alert” bells to go off in your head, resist the temptation to give in to feelings of fear or dread.  Instead, focus your emotional energy on finding the facts about the situation at hand.  Chances are you’ll find your concerns are either unfounded, or at least that the circumstances are not quite as bad as they first appeared.

As the old song says, “Don’t Worry! Be Happy!”   Try it!  I know you’ll find it a much more appealing alternative.

Free Falling

February 3, 2009

Did you hear the story of the twenty five year old first time skydiver whose instructor died mid-jump?

I know, the question sounds like an intro to a very bad joke, but it’s true.   It happened this past weekend in North Carolina.

Imagine the scenario!

There was this young fellow, excited about being able to fulfill one of his long time aspirations.   He’d always wanted to jump out of an airplane and finally found himself in the position to make his dream come true.  He had everything he needed.

Airplane?  Check!

Parachute?  Check!

Experienced instructor? Check!

At last, the long anticipated moment arrived.  It was his turn to soar.  The instructor gave the nod and together they fell from the plane.  Our young adventurer said it was magnificent, beautiful beyond belief.  The parachute opened right on schedule and for a moment, he said it was “eerily quiet”.  The smiling instructor told him, “Welcome to my world”.

Seconds later, the young man asked his instructor a question and got no response.  In an instant he realized the instructor was unconscious.

Can you imagine how the first time skydiver must have felt upon realizing that he was suddenly completely on his own, while possessing NO previous experience whatsoever with jumping out of airplanes?

I, being one who sees no logical explanation for EVER bailing out of perfectly functioning aircraft, can only think of one possible reaction.

Sheer terror!

The young man however, handled the situation with great courage.  First of all, he’d been trained by the military not to panic.  Secondly, he recalled hearing about “steering” the parachute by pulling on the cables.  With those two tidbits of knowledge, he was able to bring himself safely to the ground – about a third of a mile off target, but alive and reasonably well!

When interviewed, he reported that his “survival instinct” kicked in.  According to him, he’d merely done what he had to do in order to live.

While I’d be willing to bet that no one reading this can honestly say you’ve ever experienced that exact situation, I’d also put some money on the likelihood that many of you can identify on some level with the emotions that could be associated with such an experience.

Think about it?   It’s quite possible that even at this point of your life, you feel as if you’re spinning hopelessly out of control in mid-air, intimidated and clueless about what you should do to rectify (or merely salvage) your situation.

And there’s no one there to help you.

Maybe you started out on a business venture with someone you trusted and they ended up taking the money and leaving you with the bills.

Or perhaps you married the love of your life, only to discover they’ve abandoned you for “greener pastures”.

Or the doctor might have delivered a bad report to you concerning yourself, or someone you love.

Lost your job?

Lost your house?

The list could go on and on.

The normal human reaction to any of the circumstances I mentioned above would likely be one of helplessness, fear, or even hopelessness.

If right now you are saying, “Yes! That’s me!”,  then take heart! Don’t panic and do not despair!

Whether or not you are aware of it, life has it’s way of preparing us for times like this.  Somehow, through the ups and downs you’ve experienced over the years, you’ve gained all the knowledge and strength you need to make it.  It is there within you and you can draw from it now.

Consider this. The inexperienced skydiver could have simply screamed his way to an unfortunate death, but instead he used what very little he understood about maneuvering a parachute to save his life!

Listen to that still small voice inside your spirit.  God put it there as your guide in times like this.

You see, even though all the evidence might suggests otherwise, you are never truly alone.  He promised never to leave you or forsake you. He said to depend on Him and He would direct your path.

While the choice of whether or not to acknowlege His presence is entirely up to you, I would highly recommend that you take Him up on His offer.

What do you have to lose?

Better yet, what do you have to gain?

Here’s to your safe and happy landing!

God Bless!

Becky J. Taylor