The Smell of Rain.
A cold March wind
danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor walked into the small
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 has forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant,
to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver the couples new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing.
At 12inches 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
dos make it, her future could be a 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 form
cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on.
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 to 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 he tangle of tubes and wires was to pray that God would stay
close to the precious little girl.
There was never a
moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger. But as the weeks went by, she did
slowly gain and
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 he 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 the story.
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 he 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
Before the rains
came, her daughter's words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the
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 she remembers so well.
"I can do all things in Him who strengthens me."
Sent in by N Caulfield. Wales UK
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