And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
All parents can relate to the responsibility of having their “first gift from God” placed solely in their hands. Nothing will bring a woman to her knees in prayer faster than that weighty yet longed for duty. Robert Anthony was born on June 6, 1981. It was a difficult delivery and Bobby had severe colic for the first six months of life and croup for the next six months. Sleep for me was not possible.
We were in the process of building our dream home in the country with my in-laws as neighbors. When Bobby was four months old our small city house sold faster than we had imagined. We moved to a small apartment attached to my in-law’s house. It was not ideal for a family and Bobby’s croup grew worse. We managed for eight months until our new home was completed.
During that time we made two trips to the emergency room, once when Bobby rolled off a high bed onto the wood floor and once when my exhaustion overwhelmed me. Bobby suffered no lasting effects but I was diagnosed with exhaustion and osteochrondritis, a condition of inflammation of both bone and cartilage of the chest. I had held Bobby 24/7 on my chest when his colic was severe with only small “cat naps” and the irritation mimicked a heart attack. The physician gave me pain medication that put me to sleep which was useless!
Prayer and the Grace of God assured improvement in me. Shortly before Bobby’s first birthday we moved into our new home.
Prayer: Teach me that my first cry for help should be to you, Lord.
Thought: When situations and people fail miserably our Lord never does! Our faith is built up in the one and only “I Am”! Does God allow difficult situations so that we learn to turn to Him first?