Have you ever witnessed a miracle, something so amazing, you knew it could only be God’s handiwork? Being a nurse I can say I have been a first hand witness to some of life’s most amazing miracles. I’ve witnessed countless births—babies taking their first breath of life as they enter into this world. I’ve seen patients on their death bed who had no chance of survival, walk out of the hospital on their own two feet. I’ve seen a father donate his own kidney to his son to give him a chance of life. It is an honor to be a nurse and a witness to some of life’s most precious moments that can only be explained as a miracle. A miracle is something that cannot be explained by laws of nature but only by the divine work of God.
Here are 7 of the Most Precious Miracles I have witnessed (as a Nurse and Mother)-
1. A Mother’s selfless act of giving her baby up for adoption– I have worked in the operating room as a nurse anesthetist for over 13 years now and in that time, have witnessed hundreds of babies born. I will never forget the love of the mother who gave her baby up for adoption. I couldn’t imagine what that mother felt at that moment knowing she was giving her motherly rights away to another mother. How selfless of the birth mother, putting her own child’s needs first before her own. By giving up her rights she was giving another mother a chance to be a mother and a chance for a better life for the baby. This selfless act of love reminded me of the selfless love Jesus gives us everyday.
2. The Blind Couple- One of the other births that I will never forget is a baby being born to a blind couple. Both the mother and father were physically blind. When their baby was born, they handed me their camera and asked me to take a picture of their new born child. I literally had tears in my eyes taking the picture of their new baby, knowing they would never physically see their child with their own eyes. What impressed upon me so much about their baby’s birth, was no amount of blindness can ever change the amount of love they had for their child. Just because they couldn’t see their baby with their own eyes didn’t mean their love for their child was any less. This picture of blindness showed me we may go through periods of darkness or spiritual blindness in our lives, but that doesn’t mean God ever leaves us or doesn’t love just as much.
3. #1 Nurse Necklace- I will never forget the family who gave me a #1 nurse necklace. I was a nurse on a medical floor and took care of an older gentlemen for many weeks. This man had a very loving family. He became very ill and passed away a few weeks after being ill in the hospital. I was so touched when the family invited another nurse and I to their father’s funeral. I have had patients pass away before but have never been invited to their funeral. Afterwards the family gave the other nurse and I a #1 Nurse necklace to thank us for taking care of their father. It stirred my heart the way the family showed gratitude by giving us the necklace after their father passed away. I never before had a family respond in that way and it moved me. It showed the power in giving gratitude and kindness out of our grief and sorrow.
4. The Russian man- I will never forget when a Russian man, whom I never met before, reached out his hand and said, “Do you believe Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior?” I said, “yes. Then he says, “You are my sister” (while still holding my hand). We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, adopted into God’s one big family. It doesn’t matter if we are Catholic, Greek or Jew when we accept Jesus as our Savior, what unites us as family is the blood of Christ.
5. The Roll Over Accident- Have you ever witnessed something and you know what you saw, but couldn’t believe it? My children and I were driving down the highway one day when it was raining. A pick-up truck about 3 car lengths in front of us lost control and flipped horizontally (3 times) on it’s side with a flat bed trailer attached to it. When the truck and trailer stopped rolling, it laid horizontally on it’s side laying across all 3 lanes of the highway. Not one car hit the rolled over pick-up truck. What was so amazing, all 3 passengers inside the truck boosted themselves out of the window and walked away unharmed. It was a bone-chilling moment, knowing the accident could have been much worse, but God protected us. This moment showed me not only do physical seat belts keep us safe but so does God’s belt of truth when it’s worn. “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.” (Ephesians 6:14).
6. Brooklyn- Our daughter Brooklyn who is almost 10 years old now, was born 8 weeks premature. When she was born she only weighed 3 pounds 8 ounces. She was too tiny to bring home and needed to stay in the hospital to learn how to feed and grow. Her birth and life have nothing been short of a miracle. Since she was born, she has alway defied the odds. She came home after only 3 weeks (usually babies have to stay until they reach gestation). She never needed oxygen when she was born, in fact she came out screaming! One thing she has taught us is to trust in God’s plans. Life may not turn out the way we planned but God’s plans are always greater and better.
7. Bowen- Out of all the miracles I have witnessed, there has been none greater than our son Bowen. He is our third child born six years ago. Even though he lived a short life of only two weeks on earth, his life impacted us greatly. God used Bowen in a big way in our lives to show us how life’s most devastating moments can be turned into life’s greatest blessings. How God takes our tragedy, our hardship and heartaches uses it, molds it and turns it into something more beautiful than it was before. He showed us the meaning of living a life of love is a life worth living, when we are loving we are living. There is no gift greater than that.
Our son’s life taught us that God does answer prayer, maybe not in the way we want. Our son is no longer suffering, he is living a life free from pain, disease and sorrow. God went ahead of us and made the greatest plan ever. He is taking care of him until the day we will see him again.
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