Welcome Ruth! This sweet bundle of joy has come to live with me for the next several weeks. She has a rare birth abnormality and God has worked in mysterious ways to bring her from Haiti to Austin. Dr. Ric Bonnell and my hubby, Dr. Coby Allen, arranged for her treatment at Dell Children’s Hospital.
Her trip has been a year in the making.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33
Yesterday she went through a long procedure, leaving her Papa, translator and I sitting in the hospital waiting room for hours. The time passed slowly, but oh, how much longer it must’ve been for Papa. He has never been outside of his country and I cannot even fathom what thoughts and worries must be going through his mind. He doesn’t speak our language. He’s never even visited a hospital before. Let alone, been surrounded by so many blancs (fair skinned people).
We were told Ruth’s procedure would take 2 to 3 hours, so by hour 4 it was no surprise that nerves were being tested. It had been a long day that began at 5 am. You sit there without words to say, regardless of the language barrier. Facing the unknown is a bit unnerving. But then, out of the silence, I hear a man’s prayer out loud. I could not comprehend a word that he said. However, I knew he was praying. Papa’s eyes were shut and his gaze was a bit upward. The words were beautiful and eloquent to my weary ears.
I sat there awestruck as the peace that surpasses understanding transcended into our waiting room.
At that moment, I was reminded what a great and mighty God we serve. He breaks down language barriers and reaches people in the most remote places. He coordinates a medical visa for a 6-year-old girl residing in the poorest country in the world. He fills medical providers with compassion to provide free care. He does not forget the cry of Papa, who has steadfastly prayed for six long years.
“Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.” Isaiah 40:4
Vividly seeing and hearing God answer Papa’s prayer was a bit of heaven.
One day, we will celebrate all together, amazed at all the wonders God has performed. Now that’s gonna be a great day!
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9