Naomi is on her 5th full day here in rehab. She sometimes fusses, maybe because she does not enjoy some of the things the therapists are making her do. She is stretching, working, playing hard… re-learning a lot. We have a stroller that was custom fitted for her, she likes it. Wendy and I are learning a lot, we will probably need to continue her therapy at home for a little while. She has not started talkin yet, but her smiles and giggles are nearly continuous when she is in a good mood! She has started to blink more, and more tears come when she cries (involuntaries coming back). She focuses on us more visually, and we know her hearing is good from how she responds to our voices. She is flexing her legs more, and her right hand that had some contracture is not nearly as bad. Almost as good as her left hand! She continues to work on leg strength, and she is now showing a dislike for applesauce, prefering vanilla pudding. Baby steps… more every day. Instead of one baby step she is now taking three. In no time at all she will be baby sprinting! Wendy and I are growing closer, our entire family is growing closer. I guess tragedy will either tear a family apart, or tightly weave it together. We are also drawing closer to God.
In Daniel 10:12 it says “Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.”
At first it felt like the weight of His presence was almost violent, crushing… now we feel completely immersed in peace, and power, like swimming underwater in a warm ocean. We do not fear. We do not walk in the “what if”, but only in the “what now” and we daily feel the blessing that comes from such a hard won dependence on God. We not only feel it, but we feed it as well. We speak life, we speak the positive… we speak the truth. We have walked out of the shadow and into the sunshine, and we stand amazed at how our God walks with us and in us. “Nomi’s” walk back to complete restoration will be along quiet green shaded paths, and not along sharp, rocky, dry and dusty trails.
He has heard our prayer, and our daughters life is His response.