Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Divine Work Day

There's been a few times over the years where we've met people out in public who had children with clefts. There was the one time when Rachel was just a baby, and this couple had followed us all over Lowe's Hardware store and finally approached us. Turns out their son noticed Rachel's lip being taped and he'd had a cleft, repaired by Rachel's then plastic surgeon. We walked away that day knowing meeting that couple was no accident. It was indeed a divine meeting.

Today, was another divine appointment.

I recently took a part time job, working in my profession as a nurse. I'm currently working different locations providing flu shots to the general public. Today, I was at a grocery store, about thirty miles away from home. I obtained the shift last night by accident, not realizing it was for today's date. But as my morning progressed, and I met the second nurse for our clinic, I knew today's shift was no accident. It was another one of the Lord's divine meetings.

Around noon, when the other nurse arrived and introduced herself to me, before she even sat down, I recognized something familiar about her face.

I was 99.9% sure she had been born with a cleft lip. I couldn't help but stare at her. I had to ask, but how do you ask? So we chatted, she asked if I was a new nurse, I explained I was a nurse coming out of Stay at Home retirement for the season. LOL. She told me she was a new grad, having worked a few months in home health before she quit and had to have surgery because she'd been born with a cleft lip and palate. And there it was...the door was WIDE open for conversation. I told her I had wondered if she had been, simply because my daughter had been born with a cleft. And I was familiar with clefts and repairs, etc.

I was overcome with emotion. I tried to hold it together, but there was no accident in me getting this shift today. The Lord knew I'd be paired up with this nurse. He knew I needed to meet her and see her and how far she's come. To ask her questions. HE KNEW!! And I KNOW it was Him who orchestrated me getting this shift today. And I'm so thankful.

I asked her if she cared if I asked her questions in regards to her cleft and all her surgeries, and she said "No, she'd love to answer any questions".

She was twenty five years old and has had at least nine surgeries regarding her cleft. She said she'd had so many she really couldn't remember how many, but she was pretty sure it was nine.

She had the surgery that Rachel will have in two months when she was twelve. She's never received any speech therapy, and there were some things she said that I could tell she'd had no speech. It promoted me to write an email to our speech therapist once again thanking her for all her work with Rachel.

When my shift ended, I sincerely thanked her for answering my questions. And as I got on the freeway for my journey home, I prayed and thanked the Lord for opening the door to today's shift and for my nurse co-worker.

Definitely another Divine Appointment. Thank You Lord!


Jackie said...

Hi Darcy,

It's been a while since I've checked up on your blog. I'm really glad you got to meet this nurse. I often wish that Emily could talk with an adult who has been through what she's going through - she's really starting to fret over the difference in her lip compared with her friends. I think it's nice for all of us to know we're not alone! By the way, I love Rachel's school picture - she looks so grown up!!


Kim said...

He is so faithful! I'm glad you got that opportunity.

We got Ryan through a very similar divine meeting, so I know how precious those are. :)

Kari Marchelli said...

Wow that is really God hard at work I'm hoping Tony and I have an experience like this. It would be nice to meet somone with the same issue in our area!