God has a plan, and it is always perfect. This is know. I must believe this.
I do not know baby Cruz, nor have his mother and I ever met . We “found” each other on what is without question my favorite app, Instagram. The community I have discovered on there is very real. The people are real, the stories they share are real, the struggle they share is real, and their lives become entwined in mine. I celebrate and cheer on many friends but today I pray and grieve in support of one. I’m a mother and babies are my “thing” so without question this experience has shattered and shaken me so I can only imagine what Brittney and her family are experiencing firsthand at the bedside of their baby Cruz. I’m sure you’re wondering what is going on with this baby and the list of issues is not short. Most recently he was denied a liver transplant and a scan revealed multiple brain bleeds. I rarely question “WHY” and this is no exception, truthfully until I’m at the gates of heaven, I will never know exactly what God had planned when he knit Cruz together. His father is a Pastor, his mother is a loving and talented woman. I can not imagine why this baby (or any baby) would be born so full of disease and without enzymes most healthy humans take for granted not knowing the other side.
The faith of this family over the last ten weeks has only grown stronger. Never faltered or cursed God’s plan for them. Always gracious and praying fervently.
I don’t even know where I’m set to go with this post but I know that Cruz was put in my path and has stirred my heart. I know that every time I want to bang my head against the wall because my kids are screaming, I will be grateful to hear that sound because Cruz could never make that sound with a tube down his throat. I know that every single time I photography a new life I will make a point to pray for that baby and those parents for their health. I know that even if I’m tired at the end of the day, I will lay my head down in gratitude for the two children I chased all day to the point of exhaustion. I know that I will continue to lift up the mother’s I meet and the women I know because I want to be an example of motherhood, of the job God sent me here to do. I know that the perspective this experience has given me, has reminded me of exactly what kind of person I want to be and how full my heart is for others, especially babies.
So maybe motherhood is my job title, Instagram is my platform, and prayer is my duty. However I’m being used, I hope to only increase and focus on my aid to others. Tonight I am in full prayerful vigil for baby Cruz and family. I pray they find the comfort and peace only Jesus can provide, as he wraps his healing hands around baby Cruz. I pray for a shield to their suffering or unfailing strength to bear it.
What are you praying for? Who are you praying for? Tonight, please, #PRAYFORCRUZ.Read More