Every time the phone rings, my heart jumps as I watch Mark answer the call. “Is that them?” “Who is it?” We are eagerly waiting for a unannounced phone call from the hospital, waiting to learn when Leo will have his surgery. It’s one of the most complex heart surgeries, snipping the heart away from the body and returning arteries to their proper homes, as well as creating a new pathway in the heart for the blood to flow the correct way. I don’t like thinking of it, even though I’m completely fascinated by how intricate God created the human heart. I was reading 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 the other day:
“…we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God and not ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven by despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.” (NLT)
I understand the context is talking about persecution, but I think it rings truths for all trials and sufferings. Our prayer is that God will literally use Leo’s fragile body to bring others to Him! We hope that through our weaknesses and our dependence on God during this time, that others will see His goodness and faithfulness in our lives.
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, ESV)
Please pray with us, that we can be a witness and encouragement to the nurses, doctors, patients, and parents that we encounter at the Hospital for Sick Children as well as the Ronald McDonald House.
Please pray for the doctors who are meeting today to discuss Leo’s case, and that they’ll have wisdom and discernment to make the best decision for Leo’s future! It’s so easy to question why we have to go through something like this, but we’re ready to let God use this circumstance to bring him glory and advance His purpose! We’re ready to count joys in this trial. We’re excited to see how God is going to use Leo’s defects and our time in the hospital, however long it may be.
[If you would like to help us make care packages for neighboring patients, let us know! We’re looking for gently used kid’s Bibles or books, individually wrapped snacks (like granola bars or fruit snacks), magazines, and toys, games, or crafts for kids.]