I have some fantastic news to share. Last night, I got an e-mail from Josh Steenbergen telling me that he and his wife Kristen welcomed their daughter, Kiera Nadine, into the world. Of course, the birth of any baby is a miracle. However, this little girl has some exclamation marks around her birth. You see, throughout her time in the womb, her life was in jeopardy. She had some cists growing inside her that threatened to crowd out her internal organs and take her life. At 20 weeks of life, it looked grim. But, if you’ll recall, as a congregation, we decided to pray and intercede for this little girl’s life. And some God gifted doctors here in Edmonton decided to intervene, and to perform some amazing procedures. And yesterday, she was born. As healthy as could be expected. Praise the Lord! Last night, as I lay in bed, I thought about this. Every Sunday, there are so many kids (literally) running around The River. And every one of them is a gift. Every one of them has a story. But, by God’s grace, in years to come, when I see little Kiera running around, I’ll think to myself, “You, little one, are a miracle.”
I had to get an X-ray today. On my foot. You see, this summer, I got a sliver in it and I couldn’t get it out. I tried all the tried and true methods. Soak it. Pin prick it. Squeeze the crap out it. You know the drill. All of which hurt like crazy. So, after 6 weeks, in shame, I had to go to Doctor Brian expecting minor surgery. He said, “Bruce, actually, we don’t do that. It’s just way to invasive. What we do is take an X-ray to determine if it’s metallic and if it’s not, we just let nature take its course. Either, your body will just break it down and absorb it, or it will make its way to the surface of your foot and exit naturally.” All of this reminded me that as much as I want an instant fix when it comes to my body, or my relationships or my pain, sometimes that’s not the way life works. Sometimes healing, forgiveness, restoration and the like take time. What does the Bible say, “He makes all things beautiful in His time.” Maybe even my foot.
BTW, keep praying for The Alpha Course, which starts this Wednesday at 6:30 PM. We have several community people coming. Come yourself if you think you’d like to take it. And keep inviting! Sometimes, one invitation can change a life.