When Timothy was born, there was a brief hush over the delivery room — enough time for me to realize there must be a problem. Fearing the worst, I asked my husband if the baby had died. No, he said, he’s going to be fine.
As Timothy was born, the doctor could see that the cord was wrapped around his next and as he loosened it, it was obvious that there was also a complete knot in his umbilical cord the hush was their surprise that he was just quiet and still — completely fine. The team of attendants appeared to be amazed. The doctor inserted an instrument into the knot, shaking it loose, and then continued to gently massage his little body. He told me that that knot had been there for many months as that “little guy” must’ve turned himself around and swum through the loop of the cord.
The next morning, as the doctor was making his rounds, he came in to check on me and baby Timothy. You are so lucky, he said. And I told him, no… no, I’m really very blessed. God has been so good to me. I knew that then. I know that now. Out the window that morning I could see a lone daffodil in a planter… the ‘tea-cup’ flower had just opened. It was a bright encouragement to me — and the site of blooming daffodils continues to bless me over the years – for that and so many other event’s meanings.
And so, today, twenty three years later I’m still in awe at what the Lord has done in the life of that baby – now young man. There have been many instances through the years where the Lord clearly marked his life — times of sickness, times of great spiritual growth, times of God’s clear hand of guidance, direction and protection. From a very young age, this young man had a clear and present awareness of the Lord’s call on his life – a matter that Timothy continually shared with others.
And he has answered that call and for many years has walked by faith in the ministry of the Gospel.
It is with great joy that we celebrate this son’s birthday today — and, happily, we’ll even celebrate it with him this year as it’s been many years since he’s been home on his birthday! He flies in late tonight!
We’re thankful the Lord has used him so sweetly in our family… that He’s used him in Ghana and now in Mexico. Today we’re reminiscing as we recall the many blessings of the Lord through the years, the many ways God’s worked on his behalf, many ways God has uniquely gifted and provided. We thank the Lord for the many times He’s healed Timothy from various sicknesses, from many bouts of malaria and the many adventures God’s brought him through. We also recall, with tears of joy and humble thanksgiving, the great miracle of healing the Lord gave Timothy last summer.
Timothy is a joy to me… to us all. For all of this — for the gift of his life, for him, for all these miracles — we are so grateful to the Lord.