Thursday, August 6, 2009

What A Difference A Year Makes

It is hard to fathom that a year ago I was excited about the prospect of having another baby. Only that one was due April 1st. Exactly a year ago this week I had begun to suffer a miscarriage. Interestingly, the Lord has redeemed that time by choosing to bless me with a new baby almost a year to the day later. His timing couldn't be more perfect. The emotional and physical pain of last summer will soon be replaced by joy - along with a lot of worthwhile pain!

Miscarriages are actually more common than most people realize. With the onset of early pregnancy tests more and more women have been aware of pregnancy much earlier than previous generations. Prior to these over-the-counter tests, women had to wait later for the blood test confirmation or word about that poor old rabbit.

Personally, I have suffered through two, quite different, miscarriages exactly thirteen years apart (ironically both were due in April.) I'm not sure which was more devastating. The first that sent me to the ER in the middle of the night or the second which took weeks to complete. To be honest, neither one was fun at all. Yet in God's timing He saw fit to bless me with a daughter and son at just the right time in my life. Now I see His hand again as this next child will be making a debut very shortly.

What a difference the past year has made in my life!

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