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Lessons from the NICU
June 9, 2014 By M. J. Maynard

Early this year my family has faced the kind of experience that, in my mind, always happens to "other people." My long-awaited first baby grandchild arrived three months early, weighing one pound, two ounces. This tiny but mighty bundle of joy has taught me many things.

One lesson I have learned is how much that I need the strength and comfort of God's word. When we first learned that our unborn baby had a growth restriction, the Holy Spirit led us to the story of Lazarus. In John 11:4 (NIV), Jesus told His group of friends: "This sickness will not end in death. It is for God's glory, so that God's Son may be glorified through it." This has become Baby Remington's life verse during his journey in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I have relied on it and other God-given promises over and over.

I have also learned about the powerful force of united prayer. My daughter has created a Facebook page for updates on the baby's progress, and each evening the posts are filled with pledges to pray. I am humbled that an army of over 400 warriors are bringing my baby grandson's name to the Lord. Their intercessions have made a difference for Remy, and we are so thankful for their faithful support.

The reminder that God's timing is perfect has been another lesson for me. I will admit to having a great deal of impatience through this trial. In the NICU, many things are measured by "how many days," and it becomes frustrating when goals are not met. The humanity in me wants healing and deliverance right now! But our omniscient God often reminds me that His timeline is all I need. More than once, I have had to look back and be grateful that things happened at just the right time.

Because of my family's experiences, I now have an empathy for those who have had an infant in the NICU. I have always prayed and "felt sorry" when I heard of someone with a struggling baby, but now I really know what they are going through. My desire is to pay back those who have been so good to our family. Anytime I hear of a need, I try to pray specifically. I now know that the family of the loved one needs to be lifted in prayer, also. The ups and downs of a premature baby can take a toll on everyone, and the only way to make it through is with God's strength and power.

We know that God has wonderful things ahead for Remington, and we feel that his life story is going to bring glory to Jesus. Please keep our baby in you prayers, and feel free to post your own request in the the comment section. Miracles are on the way!



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