What a week this has been! I have always said and believed that God knows best. This past Friday I watched as our son graduated from high school. It just seems that only a few days ago we were at Woman’s Hospital in Flowood preparing for and then watching our baby’s birth. On February 17, 1993 I was the happiest daddy in the whole world. He was a boy, and I got to show him off. It didn’t quite seem fair after Catherine had labored all those months to deliver him into the world and then I, the daddy, got to show him off. But I was a proud daddy when I stepped into that hallway across from the baby nursery at the hospital.
When he walked across the stage to pick up his diploma, I could hardly keep from shouting and at the same time remembering that he was a miracle, a gift from God, a creation of God’s making that I was blessed to be a small part of!
And then Sunday, as I watched each graduate of our church walk down that aisle I could not help but reflect back to how each parent in church must have been feeling when their young son or daughter walked that aisle as a graduate; “They are just not old enough to grow up!” But you know, that is the plan God has for each of us. Grow UP!
Then, on Sunday afternoon, we got a call that our daughter was on the way to the hospital. Woman’s Hospital in Flowood after all. We found out that she was having some complications but would be all right. The doctor told her that for her safety and for her baby, Holly, they are going to deliver at 6:00 p.m. Awesome! Catherine was already at the hospital when she called Will and me to “bring the bag, we are going to have a baby!”
Same hospital, different delivery room, same waiting room, same hallway and different parents! Barry, our son-in-law, “happiest Daddy in the world,” walked out into the hall, all smiles, water in his eyes, holding the beautiful little girl we call Holly Elizabeth. As he walked her back to the nursery, my mother — the great grandmother — reminds us that God still performs miracles!
Baby is going to be fine!
Daughter is going to be fine!
Daddy (Son-in-law) is fine!
Son is fine!
Nanna & Pop (Catherine & Me) are fine!
Now, time for us all to grow UP! God is still performing miracles!
Oh, and to top it all off, Tuesday, May 24th is the day my own “happiest Daddy in the world” celebrates the fourth anniversary of his birth into the Kingdom of God!
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful!” – Psalm 15:13