Friday, April 28, 2017

...just BE. smell of rain...

the smell of rain

 A cold March wind danced around Dallas as the doctor walked into 
Diana Blessing's small hospital room.  It was the dead of night and 
she was still groggy from surgery.  Her husband, David, held her as 
they braced themselves for the latest news.
That rainy afternoon, March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana,
 only twenty-four weeks pregnant, to undergo emergency surgery.  
At twelve inches long and weighing only one pound, nine ounces,
 Danae Lu arrived by cesarean delivery.
They already knew she was perilously premature. 
 Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs.  
"I don't think she's going to make it," he said as kindly as he could. 
 "There's only a 10 percent chance she will live through the night.  
If by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one." 
 Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described 
the devastating problems Danae could face if she survived.
She would probably never walk, or talk, or see.  She would be prone
to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete 
mental retardation, and on and on.  Through the dark hours of morning as 
Danae held onto life by the thinnest thread, Diana slipped in and out of 
drugged sleep.  But she was determined that their daughter would live to be a 
happy, healthy young girl.  David, fully awake, knew he must confront his 
wife with the inevitable.
David told Diana that they needed to talk about funeral arrangements. 
 But Diana said, "No, that is not going to happen.  No way! 
 I don't care what the doctors say, Danae is not going to die.  
One day she will be just fine and she will be home with us."
As if willed to live by Diana's determination, Danae clung to life
 hour after hour.  But as those first rainy days passed, a new agony 
set in for David and Diana.  Because Danae's underdeveloped nervous system 
was essentially "raw," the least kiss or caress only intensified her 
discomfort, so they couldn't even cradle their tiny baby.  All they 
could do, as Danae struggled beneath the ultraviolet light, was to pray 
that God would stay close to their precious little girl.
At last, when Danae was two months old, her parents were able to hold her
 for the first time.  Two months later, she went home from the hospital 
just as her mother predicted, even though doctors grimly warned that her 
chances of leading a normal life were almost zero.
Today, five years later, Danae is a petite but feisty young girl 
with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life.  She shows
 no sign of any mental or physical impairment.  But that happy ending 
is not the end of the story.
One blistering summer afternoon in 1996 in Irving, Texas, Danae was
 sitting in her mother's lap at the ball park where her brother's 
baseball team was practicing.  As always, Danae was busy chattering when she suddenly fell silent.  Hugging her arms across her chest,
 Danae asked her mom, "Do you smell that?"
Smelling the air and detecting a thunderstorm approaching, 
Diana replied, "Yes, it smells like rain."
Danae closed her eyes again and asked, "Do you smell that?"
Once again her mother replied, 
"Yes, I think we're about to get wet, it smells like rain."
Caught in the moment, Danae shook her head, patted her thin 
shoulder and loudly announced,
 "No, it smells like him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest."
Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Danae happily hopped down to 
play with the other children before the rain came.  Her daughter's words 
confirmed what Diana and the rest of the Blessing family had known all along.  
During those long days and nights of the first two months of her life,
 when her nerves were too sensitive to be touched,
God was holding Danae on his chest, and it is His scent that she remembers so well.

fact or fiction.
i love this story.
just BE.

i hope you will join me.
today and every friday.
join me in this space to.
just BE.
shake off the ugly.
bask in the moments.
breathe in the truth.
and beauty.
that is there.
if you just look.

thanks for joining me.
invite your friends...
let's make the movement to
just BE.

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