I've mentioned that Emma was pretty sick over the Thanksgiving holiday. It all started last Monday with her running a really high fever. She had me and her daddy pretty worried. So for the duration of the week she slept with us...partly because she wouldn't have it any other way, but also so we could keep a close eye on her as well.
There was one particular night that I lay awake watching her intently, touching her skin every so often to see if she was any cooler and just to feel her breathe.
On this night I finally placed both my hands on her chest and began to pray. At first the prayer was our usual nightly prayer of, "Dear Jesus thank you for Mommy and Daddy and ...." on down the line of all her grandparents and even our dog Reesie. Then it evolved into a more heated request for God to heal her little body. Begging was more like it. I begged God to take Emma's fever away and to give me the wisdom in helping make her more comfortable in the process.
My prayer went on forever. And when I was done, it was all I could do to keep from sobbing.
It was then that my sleeping child rolled over and placed her little hands on my chest and in a whisper said, "Mommy, Daddy, CeeCee, PawPaw, MawMaw, Eesie".
I think she was asleep the whole time because she never once opened her eyes, but I believe with all my heart that she heard my prayer and wanted to pray alongside of me for all those that she holds dear. I was awe struck. And though I prayed for her healing, it was my heart that truly got worked on. I heard Jesus in my daughter's sweet voice...in her innocence.
"Everything is going to be ok, dear child. My love surrounds you and your little girl. No fever or fear is beyond my power. I'll take care of you both...your whole family. I love you."
It was definitely one of those moments when you know God has done something really remarkable. A sick, seemingly asleep, praying 19-month-old is pretty amazing in my book. Then to hear the voice of God in my daughter's words.... I just had to write it down so as to remember this through the ages!
Thank you for all that you have blessed me with. Thank you for my Emma, and for your love that I learn about through her every day. Thank you for indeed healing her and healing me in the process too. I love you and praise you for you are a good and awesome God.