In What do you Place Your Faith?
Aya Fubara Eneli, M.A., J.D.
Aya Eneli International
It was like a scene right out of a movie. A woman happily cradled her newborn in her arms marveling at the perfection of his eyes, his nose, his lips, his tiny fingers and toes. Outside, her hospital room could be heard the steady patter of rain on a cool otherwise uneventful day. She kissed her son’s face as she handed him to the nurse and with a contented smile settled into her bed for a rejuvenating nap.
But, it would be a while before there was anything rejuvenating about any nap she would ever take again. For in an instant her tranquil world was pierced by these words from her doctor, “I have bad news. We are trying to resuscitate your baby, but it doesn’t look good.” She heard a primal scream and from the looks on the doctor and nurse’s faces realized it must have come from her. For a second, the room spun and she could hardly catch her breath as she imagined mourning the loss of yet another child – that would make 5 children in one lifetime. But then, something else took over her.
She leaped off the bed and dug for her Bible in her overnight bag. Pulling it out, she immediately turned to the faith chapter – Hebrews 11 and found herself drawn to verse 35. That verse states that by faith, women received back their dead, raised to life again. That verse became her life line and in that Word of God written thousands of years before her son was born she placed all her faith, all her trust, all her belief. By faith, she was convinced she would receive her son, raised to life with no complications.
As the medical personnel worked on her son, she prayed and praised and her faith kept her fears at bay. The child was transported to the intensive care unit at another hospital. The chaplain came to pray over the child and she could tell most didn’t think he would make it. She opened up her Bible and through her tears she kept vigil by his bedside reading the Word of God to him; trusting that there is still power in God’s Word even in the 21st century.
Fast forward 3 years later, that child who wasn’t expected to make it is not only alive, but is thriving and shows absolutely no signs of the trauma he experienced at birth. As I celebrated his third birthday this past weekend, I couldn’t help but reflect on the miracle of his life.
In these days with our pervasive pessimism and our lack of belief in anything good and certainly not in God, I just had to share the story of my little boy. I hope that it encourages someone to believe again, to trust again, to have faith in God and His Word again.
The bottom line is we all have to believe in something. We can choose to believe that the world is horrible and everyone in it is out to do us harm. We can choose to believe that nothing good ever happens anymore or we can look around and acknowledge that the very breath we take is in and of itself a miracle. I am choosing to believe that there is still and always will be power in the Word of God. That’s where I choose to place my faith. How about you? I wish you an abundant life.
Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. She and her husband live in Central Texas with their five miraculous children. For more information, visit www.ayaeneli.com, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at email@example.com.