Eight years ago today our niece gave birth to her second daughter. After the birth we received a report that something was desperately wrong with the baby. Little Caydence had been deprived of oxygen due to an extra long umbilical cord, which had been wrapped around her neck.
She could not breathe on her own so she was immediately put on life support and rushed to the nearest full-service medical center. The test results were devastating. Caydence showed little evidence of brain activity and she could not breathe on her own for any length of time. She was incapable of movement, had not cried, and she was blind.
At times like this our minds nearly burst with gripping questions; does God see the baby’s helpless condition? What does this precious soul know of her unstable circumstances? Does she dwell in personal darkness? It would be incomprehensible to think that she was as alone as she appeared.
The family struggled with despair; would she live? Then slapping ourselves into reality we thankfully remember the transforming truth that we are really NEVER alone. The Bible is full of promises concerning God’s unfailing love and faithfulness. He tells us that He will not forsake us – any of us – at any age.
The God of the universe, the Author of life, declared that He had not forsaken little Caydence; God was with her. Though her fate eluded us, the One who loved her most pledged to comfort, protect and provide for her temporal and eternal needs.
God allowed life to be breathed into this beautiful child for a purpose, and we were given a glorious window of opportunity to exchange love and human touch with her. These moments are timeless, leaving an indelible Caydence shaped imprint on our hearts.
Caydence abides with God in heaven now. She is not alone…she never was, and she never ever will be. Happy Birthday Caydence!
Matthew 19:14 NLV But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me. Do not stop them. The holy nation of heaven is made up of ones like these.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NLV Be strong and have strength of heart. Do not be afraid or shake with fear because of them. For the Lord your God is the One who goes with you. He will be faithful to you. He will not leave you alone.”
Psalm 131:1 NIV My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.