THE SMELL OF GOD 


The Smell of God At the end of this story, it gives you two
options. I think you will figure out what option I chose.

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as
the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing
She was still groggy from surgery. Her husband, David, held her hand as
they braced themselves for the latest news.

That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only
24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Caesarian to deliver couple's
new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing.

At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound nine ounces, they
already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor's soft
words dropped like bombs.

"I don't think she's going to make it," he said, as kindly as he could.

"There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night,
and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could
be a very cruel one."


Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor
described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived.


She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind,
and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic
conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on
and on.

"No! No!" was all Diana could say.

She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the
day they would have a daughter to become a family of four. Now, within
a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away.

But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and
Diana.

Because Dana's underdeveloped nervous system was essentially
'raw,' the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so
they couldn't even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to
offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Dana struggled
alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires,
was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl.

There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger.
But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight
here and an ounce of strength there.

At last, when Dana turned two months old, her parents were able to hold
her in their arms for the very first time. And two months later, though
doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of
surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero,
Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.

Five years later, when Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with
glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She showed no
signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she was
everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy ending is far
from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving,
Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother's lap in the bleachers of a local
ball park where her brother Dustin's baseball team was practicing.

As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and
several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent.

Hugging her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, "Do you smell
that?"

Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm,
Diana replied, "Yes, it smells like rain." Dana closed her eyes and
again asked, "Do you smell that?" Once again, her mother replied,

"Yes, I think we're about to get wet. It smells like rain."

Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her thin
shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, "No, it
smells like Him.

It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest."

Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play
with the other children.

Before the rains came, her daughter's words confirmed what Diana and all
the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their
hearts, all along.

During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life,
when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was
holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers
so well.

You now have 1 of 2 choices. You can either pass this on and let
other people catch the chills like you did, or you can delete this
and act like it didn't touch your heart like it did mine.

"I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me." (Phil.4:13)

Author Unknown - Shared by Dr. Gloria Jo Floyd

 

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