Shaped by God
Thursday, March 23
Denise Whitley, member of RPC since 2012
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. - 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NRSV)
April 26, 2007. That's the day I watched nurses running around panicking about equipment and not being prepared. In fact, I was the calmest person in the room. Looking back, I think it's because I knew I needed to put my faith in something much bigger. I needed God.
That day, our daughter was born almost 13 weeks premature. She weighed a tiny 1 pound 13 ounces. She was perfect in every way. She still is. Even at 9 years old when she rolls her eyes at us for insisting she put away her iPad at dinner.
I need to share that I wasn't raised in a church-attending family or have memories of any church activities. We said grace at dinner. I only remember that it rhymed.
But that day, April 26, 2007, God made me a mom and started me on an 87-day NICU journey of scattered highs and extreme lows. That's the day he showed me that faith in him was the best thing for me.
I know, without any hesitation, that God was with me in that chaotic hospital room. He heard my prayers for him to put his arms around Morgan and hold on tight. He heard me when I asked him to not let go.
People ask me how I'm so sure of my faith since that day. It's very easy to answer. I constantly see God around our daughter. She is such a reflection of his giving heart. She sees so much good in everyone she meets. She is genuinely the most forgiving person I have ever met. And even though she doesn't know it, she's a precious reminder that when I'm scared, I just need to ask him to hold on a little tighter. She's proof that he's listening.
Dear God, please help me find calmness in the storm. Help me know you are walking with me. Amen.
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