Sunday, May 24, 2009

Unfailing Love

Psalm 107

19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and He saved them from their distress.

20 He sent forth His Word and healed them;
He rescued them from the grave.

21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and His wonderful deeds for men.

22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings
and tell of His works with songs of joy.

This is our new theme song.

The Lord has heard our cries as we found Luke at the bottom of a swimming pool at a birthday party. I believe he was there for under 3 minutes. The Lord sent His healing and rescued Luke from the grave.

When he was pulled out of the pool he was not breathing, he was limp. He was dead. Two nurses who were also at the party ran to Luke's side and began trying to administer CPR. His airway was VERY blocked. I was certain that we would not be bringing Luke home. Silas was screaming and crying in the background. I heard people around me SHOUTING to God, praying, begging for His mercy on Luke's life. A peace flooded my body. I told my friend I was as peace with whatever the situation. She told me later that at that moment she felt the peace of God. She left my side and took Hattie and Silas inside. 911 was on the line. EMS was there within 5 minutes. Just before they arrived, I saw my baby take a small breath. Then another. He was still not making eye contact. No talking, but some moaning.

I rode in the front of the ambulance, calling parents and others, Jody followed. Luke slipped in and out of consciousness on the way. He vomitted a lot. He would cry and fight. When we arrived at the ER, Luke made eye contact with me. He was crying. In the ER, he began to answer our questions with little "uh-huh's". Then a few words and names. Then he came back in full swing. Asking questions. Telling the doctor to take the thing off his finger. He said, "Mom, I love you."

He was moved to the PICU where Jody stayed the night with him. He was on oxygen. They were monitoring his oxygen levels and breathing. They did put a tube in his nose down to his stomache to pump out the air. He HATED that. At 2 am he pulled it out. They took him off oxygen. He began eating and was talking the nurses ears off by 6 am.

We are watching him for signs of pnuemonia. But I can tell you my son is Lazuras. It is as if it never happened as far as his health.

When I close my eyes its like a bad dream. I can see it all again. It makes me nauseous. The doctor told us this morning that we are very fortunate. Most cases like ours do not end this way. Most cases do not have people willing/qualified to do CPR at all. I would add that most people do not have people calling out to God, intervening in prayer.

Jody's parents came to be with us for a couple of days. My parents are far away. But I have experienced love and support from people and friends all over. The Lord has shown us his Unfailing Love. I felt like in the midst of it all, I was like the Hebrew boys in the furnace. I know My God can deliver us from this situation, BUT IF HE DOESN'T I will still trust Him. I can trust Him. I KNEW IT. As I thought we had lost our baby, I knew I could STILL TRUST Him. And then the Lord showed Himself to our family like I cannot ever experience again. He gave us Lukey back.

Tonight as we read books Luke gave his usual running commentary. Nothing has ever sounded more beautiful to me than his endless chatter.


The Reeds said...

oh my word. I'm speechless...
Praise God. He is better than we can ever imagine.... I'm so thankful for your faith and that God has granted you more days with your baby.

Stephen and Tara said...

I am crying my eyes out right now. Oh my goodness Emily. I cannot even imagine what you have just been through. I am so thankful to the Lord that he pulled your son from the grave. Oh heart breaks when I think of how you must have felt. But I am so thankful for the peace you had. Oh praise the Lord that healed your son. What a mighty testimony!

mylifewith5kids said...

I read this post hours ago, but I can't stop thinking about it. I am SO happy that God chose to give Luke back to you. I can only imagine the feelings that you are still going through. Enjoy your little boy and continue praising your God!!!
Love ya,

Courtney said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!!! My heart broke for both of you as you faced what I would consider every parents' worst nightmare - the death of a child. WE rejoice with you and know that OUR GOD IS ABLE! Please know the we will be praying for Luke - that he will experience continued physical healing and that God would continue to minister to you, Jody and the rest of your family as you "praise Him in the storm." You are precious to me and I love you!

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Pegsy said...

Oh Emily, I have huge tears in my eyes right now. I just praise God with you that Lukey is safe and healthy and back home with you. I CANNOT imagine what that whole experience must have been like. I pray God will continue to give you peace in the coming days.

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Erin said...

Oh my goodness...I am so thankful that he is home and doing well! The Lord was definitely watching over Luke and protecting him.

Karen @Snakes-Snails-Puppydogtails said...

Praise God. My heart sank when I heard about what happened. I'm soo glad that God gave this miracle back to you! What a story and testimony he has to share now!
Does he remember what happened?

Dawn Massey said...

praise God for how He healed your sweet boy! i can't imagine what you went through, emily, scary isn't even the word for it. wow. i am amazed at your strength and your faith. thank you for sharing your story and for what a wonderful example of faith you are. i am so glad that luke is doing great! what a miracle!!!

Anonymous said...

Praise the LORD Luke is ok!! We will be praying for his continued protection from infection, for Silas and Hattie, that they will be able to not have fear over this and trust in the Lord, and for you, that you will be able to clear your mind and that the pictures you see when you close your eyes are those of our merciful Father healing your Luke and him saying "Mom, I love you!"

Becky Strutz

Tasha Via said...

Oh my word Emily. I am so sorry that happened, so thankful for the outcome, so overwhelmed...Praise God for his mercy on Luke's life! What a testimony!

Mylinda said...

Praise God! Thank you for sharing such a difficult story, and in the process reminding us of our God's unfailing love and faithfulness, in all situations. Blessings to you all.

jerry.jennings said...

God is always showing us ways to reveal himself to us, but this was one of the most difficult ways that I've experienced in my life in a long time. To hear you say that you found Luke in the bottom of the pool, and thinking we may have lost him, was hard on this pop. First, I had to start a prayer chain, and then I had to pray. Prayer was hardly coming out, as emotions overswept me, and I kept uttering words, like "wake up Lukey" and "God worked a miracle to this child of Jody and Emily." Work a miracle, that praise and glory will go the God that has known him before the foundation of time, and he saw the plight, and He heard all the prayers of the people around the pool, plus places like Hawkinsville, Ga. I talked to Emily in the ambulance, and luke was crying, and finally started to throw up. I thought these were already looking like miracle signs for Lukey to start taking big breaths. All that water had to get out of his lungs and stomach.Thank God for Emily, who found her son in the deep end, for the gentleman who dove in with his clothes on to pull Lukey up, and for the 2 nurses that were there to administer CPR. Faint breaths did start to be noticed, and there was hope, and when I heard Luke crying on the Ambulance, and I felt more hope.3 minutes was a long time to be under water. Luke's mother that found him, a dad that constantly prayed for him, a man that lifted him out. And the 2 nurses that gave cpr, I know one was for first time. They cleared his airway, started getting the food and water out as fast as possible, then 911 was there to rush him by ambulance, and work on him the rest of the day. And for all who lifted the name up Of Jesus on Luke's behalf. May your faith be renewed, your strength be joy, peace, and renewed faith. And as many as know about this, and what could have happened, give our Savior and Holy God, all the love and praise He deserved. It was all about him. His timing was perfect, and he was listening to the cries of his children.
God bless all who were involved with getting Luke back.Bless the Almighty"s Handiwork. Strengthen our faith now, oh, God, for what you have done. Now may Luke be used in a special way to explain his mystery and his miracle.

Anonymous said...

I just can't believe this! The Lord must have a big plan for him!
Jen Baltrusch

Grantham said...

Praise the Lord! You are in our prayers. As I read your post, tears were hitting the floor. There is no doubt that God has His hand on Luke's life.

We will be praying for all of you and especially for Luke to have a speedy recovery free of any harmful effects.

Kelly M. Parkison said...

Wow...praise God for answering prayer! I am in tears realizing that my own fears can really happen. The Lord has something major in store for Luke! Thanks for sharing and thanks for sharing your faith! I just hope I am as faithful as you if something like this ever happened to me.

Kelly Via said...

Wow - one of a parent's worst fears. I can't even imagine the scene and the situation. But how great and awesome that God chose to heal little Luke's body and restore him from that situation. May He be extremely glorified through all this. We love you guys and our heart breaks and rejoices with you!

seth dean said...

praise God! Wow!