Our youngest granddaughter Caroline was born on July 26th, two months before her due date. She weighed 3 lbs. 12 ounces and spent 41 days in the NICU.
There were some scary days while she was in the NICU, but thankfully, Caroline will be two next week, and she is a happy toddler!
Those weeks after she was delivered were hard for Courtney, our daughter, and AJ, our son-in-law. She and AJ would go every day and visit with Caroline, and we would keep Colt and Claire.
Caroline’s delivery had been difficult, and if they had not delivered her when they did, she wouldn’t be here today. Courtney also had to have an emergency hysterectomy.
Courtney sent me this picture of Colt and Claire playing in the backyard a few weeks ago. She had taken it while Caroline was in the NICU. She said she remembered taking the picture but had not noticed the rainbow.
She was struggling with postpartum depression from the delivery and Caroline being at the NICU, and she didn’t see God’s promise in this picture until now.
Sometimes when we’re going through a difficult season, we wonder if God knows and cares. But he’s with us through every season; sometimes, we need to look around and see His blessings, like that rainbow in the picture.
In Genesis 9, God sealed His promise with a rainbow in the sky. In the midst of the devastation from the flood of judgment, there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky, symbolizing God’s gracious promise never to flood the whole earth again.
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. Genesis 9:16
God didn’t promise we will never experience storms, but He has promised He will be with us during them. Today, look around and see the blessings around you. Storms will come, but thankfully we have a Savior who never leaves us.
When Courtney would drive to the hospital to see Caroline, she told me she would play this song and pray for sweet Caroline.
Let your beauty shine from the inside out today!