Our baby Charity Jae was one of those which midwives refer to as “toxic babies”. She was overdue by five days and she already ate her own stool while in the womb. When I delivered her last April 19 at 7:20 am, she was suctioned and air-pumped for almost 30 minutes before she coughed and eventually cried. During those minutes, my only prayer was, “Lord, let Your will be done”.
As a mother, I remembered the faith of the Shunammite woman who ministered unto Elisha. Her child was sick unto death, but when her husband asked if something was wrong her reply was, “It shall be well”. When asked by Elisha through his servant Gehazi, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.” (2 Kings 4:26) Because of her faith, her child was restored to life.
As I prayed while the midwives desperately did their best to make our baby cry, these verses were put by God in my heart and mind. His peace was present as He lets me realize that whatever His will might be for our child, “It shall be well”.
When baby Charity was revived, all I could utter was, “Thank You, Lord”. Even the midwives were able to say, “Thank You, Jesus”. I believe it was not my faith that restored her to life. It was only by God’s grace and His tender mercies that we have this baby – alive and well.