Thirteen Days Of Life

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the waters of rest-He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me. You Prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. ~ Psalm 23

Thirteen days of life, thirteen days of prayers, thirteen days of unconditional love and thirteen days of a life lesson learned. A lesson I will carry for the rest of my life. There are times there is a barrier in front of me that I cannot break through, or climb because I am not meant to. Theodore David Waring lived for only thirteen days on this earth. His presents for two weeks would last a lifetime and may be even an eternity with the people he touched.

Teddy’s birth was a long awaiting prayer for both of his parents, and his devastating placental abruption during his birth came has a huge surprise. This abruption would have devastating consequences on his brain and organs when he was without oxygen for twelve minutes after his heart stopped. Teddy was then transferred to Seattle Children’s for treatment at the request of his parents. For the next thirteen days of his life many prayers were said, visits from friends and family to comfort both parents, and many meals cooked. Teddy’s fight reached not only the church community, but around the world when his story was shared by friends and family on social media. Through this all, faith is what drove the days, waiting and watching for a miracles from The Lord. A gift from the Heavently Father Thirteen days later would be given back.

The lesson I learned from this is science and medical miracles do fail, and when they do, the only thing left is the Lord’s healing hand. As the doctors at Children’s said “we can’t work miracles here, but we pave the road for miracles,” the truth is doctors can only do so much. As a scientist I forget the Lord uses me as a tool to help pave the way for his miracles to happen, but not as a miracles maker. We sometimes put all our faith into science and the medical advancements of today not knowing theses advancements will fail at times. I have always thought of the Lord as the ultimate scientist, doctor and healer. I have many of times in my career in science put my faith in Him to help me through tough moments in developing treatments for cancer patients.  There have been many times when there is failure. But witnessing a baby whose life is yet to be lived was the most heartbreaking of all. I truly wanted for success, and wanted so badly to see Teddy grow up into an adult. But as the Lord told me one day “Lacey, I hear the prayer, I hear your questions, I know you want the doctors to bring a miracles, but you will learn another lesson in life.” That lesson came in the form of scientific failure.The “lesson”, you can not put all your faith into science and medical miracles all the time because the truth is, they will fail at some point. The Lord has a way of taking an earthly failure and work his miracles to the glory of his name.

Teddy had a remarkable life, and his short life is a testament to how much the Lord truly loves us.

(C) Lucas Gray