Thursday, January 24, 2008

By Faith

Qavah was examined this afternoon by the surgeon who will remove her port. Unless she starts running a fever, the date for surgery will be after the appointment with the immunologist in Charlottesville next Tuesday. The surgeon wants to have a better idea about what might happen during recovery if Qavah cannot fight infection. She wants to be able to consult with the immunologist first. I also have to take care of a lot of paperwork over the next few days. Because Qavah is not legally adopted, permission for the surgery needs to be granted by a judge since she is still a ward of the state. I'm sure everyone will do their jobs well, but we will be praying that nothing gets lost or tangled up in the process. After the paperwork is completed, and after the visit to the immunologist, the port will then be removed. Qavah knows exactly what is going on and talks about not having a port anymore the way we would talk excitedly about getting a new vehicle. She has been extra happy all day.

The things I learn from children about trust make me smile. Qavah hasn't wasted a moment of this day in fear. Although we follow her closely and watch for signs of fever, she has been singing, playing, laughing, and cheerful, giving no thought for tomorrow. We rocked in the rocking chair for an hour before bedtime tonight and she didn't mention surgery one time. Instead she sang with her music. I watch her and think about what Jesus said about children. The Kingdom of Heaven will be filled with people who with child-like faith believed and trusted Him. Imagine the singing there will be then! When pressed on every side I'd like to behave like my four-year-old. I want to keep singing through the challenges, having total faith that God is in control. Oh that my faith will grow to be as big as hers!
But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Luke 18:16

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