Friday, August 27, 2010

off the cuff exegesis

Update 2.26.10

Gideon had and echocardiogram today. His heart looks good. The pediatric cardiologist said he couldn’t find anything major wrong and that he has no recommendations. It was nice to have good news for once. It was a wonderful three hours.

Our genetic counselor called later that day as we were driving home. I had a feeling when she suggested we pull over it wasn’t going to be good. She requested a specialist to look at the MRI. Whenever she uses the words “very concerning” it’s just not good. The specialist is going to meet with us on March 12 at 12:30 pm. Small blessings, a Friday my day off. She wanted us not to get blindsided when we went to see him. She said that his prognosis is likely to be worse than the initial prognosis given to us in January. Worse? Seriously how could it get worse? She said that specialist noted that the brain structures are not where they are supposed to be and the specialist predicts we may have serious problems even early on in Gideon’s life.

Only a few days earlier David and I read the same passage from 1st John. He requested for me to read out loud when I did my reading and gave an interested humph when I finished he confessed he had just read that same passage. Here it is.

1 John 4

1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

Though we are still not sure what God was trying to tell us, the verse that stood out to us is verse four. Greater is the one who is in you than the one who is in the world. I hope I am not taking this out of context on my off the cuff exegesis here, but it is a reminder that however accurate the doctors diagnosis is, greater is God, who is right there with Gideon this moment in my womb that any thing that is in the world.

Though to some it may seem naive, I will continue to cling to my hope that God will make Gideon exactly who he is supposed to be. He will prepares us and give us everything we need to be exactly the parents we need to be if we will turn to Him and trust His work in our lives instead of the words of a world who does not know Him.

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