My dear sweet Micah,
You turned four on Sunday, and we celebrated you. With so many of your friends, more s’mores than a little guy should probably eat in one night, and lots of smiles. We wanted you to know that you are dearly loved, and we wanted you to have a night filled with a few of your favorite things. In two days you are going to be having kidney surgery, but today you are blissfully unaware.
You don’t know what’s coming because Daddy and I decided not to tell you until you need to know. In our meager attempt to keep you from unnecessary worry we have chosen only to tell you that in a couple of days the doctors are going to give you a shot to help you sleep so they can fix something inside of you. But even more importantly, we will continue to remind you that we trust Jesus to do what He does best – heal brokenness – just like He did when you were growing in my tummy. We are praying that God will guide the doctor’s hands and that He will do the work that no physician on earth could possibly do.
And even though your doctor is very talented, you and I both know who the real superhero is, don’t we? We have a real-live hero who is bigger and stronger than Superman or Thor. The doctor can only rearrange a few things inside your body in the way he was taught, but God has to kick your immune system into high gear so infection doesn’t set in. The doctor can cut out the blockage in your tubes, but only God can keep additional ones from growing. The doctor can implant your ureter into the right place in the bladder, but only Jesus can make your organs attach correctly. The doctor can try his best to patch up any potential leaks, but only God can oversee the mending of broken tissue. You’re in good hands my sweet boy. God’s got you; and He always has.
Your mommy and daddy love you so very much little Micah Man. But while we promise to stay by your side, holding your hand while you fall asleep and when you wake up, we are trusting you into stronger hands than ours. Trust Jesus little boy. Rest in Him. Keep asking Him for help. He can provide for you in ways that no one else can.
On Friday you’re going to need a lot. A lot of medicine, a lot of attention from a special medical team, a lot of time in the hospital, and a lot of fixing. What’s even harder, is you will also need a lot of patience and a lot of courage. But it’s good to need little buddy, because recognizing your neediness is what teaches you how to ask and where to go for help.
Go to Jesus my little darling. He is always there, loving you better than anyone else ever can. Ask Him for the courage you need and for the strength to face the future come what may. In the word of your favorite church song, “Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus love me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.” You belong to Jesus sweet boy, and His love is more than you will ever need.