Sunday, August 1, 2010

We Will Not Forget the Works of the Lord!

"We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God"

Psalm 78:5-7

I was reading Psalm 78 and was struck by this verse. Actually, the whole chapter.

It is about the children of Israel and how the Lord did one amazing thing after another for them and yet they kept on sinning. The verse above commands us to tell of the Lord's mighty deeds so that our children will not forget. The rest of the Psalm shows how much WE need to remember!

I so want my children and those around me to see that I hope in God and to know how worthy of our hope He is! One of the ways I am trying to improve on, is in telling and remembering -writing it down. I thought I would share one of the many, many, oh so many, ways that the Lord has been good to us.

It was 1 year ago today, Aug 1st ,2009. 11:32 am. I received a text from my sister, Bekah in ND . "Kiaran hit in head bad pray!" Those 6 word struck me with instant panic. I startled the kids with my gasp and "Oh No!" before I realized that I should not panic until I know the story. I called Bekah who quickly relayed what we knew so far. My 5 yr old nephew had been hit in the head with a golf club by another child. It had fractured the skull and he was on his way by ambulance to Bismark. They were trying to locate Joey, his Dad, who as away at a fishing tournament. My dad had helped get Kiaran to the hospital and reported that he could see right into his skull.

Fears confirmed.

Thousands of miles away my little nephew - just a few months older than my Mary- was in an ambulance. Thousand of miles away, my little sister was going through this hard thing. I can hardly believe that Laura is old enough to have kids. I was 12 when she was born and I remember carrying her around as a baby. She is just too young to go through this, I think.

The rest of the day I waited anxiously,nervously, for the update texts.

"Kiaran arrived at hospital and is still alert and doing well" 3:19 pm

"Kiaran does need surgery but will wait until am. Protective sheath that surrounds the brain
was entered" 4:48 PM

"Broke through the dura mater" 6:09 pm

"They are doing surgery now keep praying" 7:12 pm

"Don't know why they moved the surgery. It is really serious. Fragments in the brain and dura entered. He is still stable and ok" 7:15 pm

"Out of surgery 5 metal plates removed bone fragments from brain and repaired dura all went really well" 11:08 pm

What a nerve wracking day. It is HARD to live so far from family. But the Lord was a very present help as He has promised to be. Many people were praying and we could feel it. Now, 1 year later, Kiaran is fine. He was able to leave the hospital with in a few days. He was suppose to be careful for 6 months - no rough play, sports etc. That he made it through those months with no further injury seems like another miracle to me since I know well what a 5 yr old boy is like!

God was merciful. Not just in giving us the outcome we prayed for, but in giving peace in the midst. He is always good and would have been regardless of the outcome, but Oh how thankful we are for His great mercy and loving kindness!
"The Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes!" Psalm 118:23
(I could not get my pictures to post properly, so I will put them in a separate post.)


Amber said...

Man oh man does that bring back painful memories! It was a terrible day! I agree - the peace of God was very present and real. You are right, it is so important to remember & TELL about the wonderful things the Lord has done! Awesome post!

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Karmen said...

Wow - good post! it was interesting to see the text messages, I was on my flight to China when it all happened so I was out of the loop. So happy for God's protection on sweet Kiaran!