I sat down last evening to reflect on such events and how quickly the unexpected can stop us in our tracks. I intended to blog about it but never got the chance. Susan’s cell phone rang. It was Sam!
Valerie went into the doctor on Thursday afternoon for a regular baby check-up and was diagnosed with Preeclampsia – a pregnancy condition involving high blood pressure and protein in the urine. They admitted her to the hospital to monitor the condition. She and the baby were stable.
Then on Friday they decided to keep her another night. But around 8:00 pm Sam called to let us know that Valerie’s blood pressure had spiked and they were going to transport her to St. Vincent Women’s Hospital in Indy.
All of a sudden, the unexpected broke into our otherwise ordinary day!
I writing this at 2:00 am as Susan and I settle into a hotel room in Indy. Sam and Valerie are settled in at the hospital and all is calm for the moment. Aaron is 32 1/2 weeks along in his development and all his vital signs are strong. Valerie’s blood pressure has settled down. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and hoping that he can stay in her tummy a while longer.
There is no way to predict earthquakes or tsunamis or Preeclampsia. But even when we are surprised and jolted awake by the unexpected, God is not. God is already busy working in the details and making His presence known.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. ~ Psalm 46:1-3, 11