I am the resurrection and the life. (John 11:25)
MY GRANDSON, LUKE, laid motionless in his tiny bassinet. Trapped under monitors, tubes, and a ventilator connected to his body, a drug kept him from moving and disengaging the life-saving instruments. Daily I stood vigil over him, touching his little feet and hands, saying, “I love you, Lukey.” He was born seven weeks early without a diaphragm. His liver and intestines were in his chest and his lungs had not developed. Although chances of his survival were less than 35 percent, I prayed for a miracle.
Drawing close to God during those critical days of Luke’s surgeries to relocate his liver and intestines and install an artificial diaphragm, I thought of Martha sending for Jesus when Lazarus became ill. Jesus didn’t come until her brother died, but then He encouraged her with the words, “I am the resurrection and the life” (v. 25). Martha admitted Jesus was the Son of God and trusted Him with her grief.
Would God raise my little grandson from his motionless state? Sometimes all I could do was whisper Jesus’ name, but He gave me peace. Little by little, our family watched life come into Luke as he gained strength and the tubes and monitors were removed one by one. Our Father, the Creator, not only gave Luke life, He protected it. I learned, like Martha, I could call on Jesus because He cares about my family and me.
List several examples of how Jesus cares about what happens in your life.
Sue Tornai lives with her husband, John, and dog, Maggie, in Carmichael, California. They enjoy camping and fishing at Lake Almanor in Northern California