Today I have a guest post from one of my high school classmates that shares my passion for the “Written Word.” I hope this story by Judy Mullins blesses your heart as it did mine. Enjoy. gg
God has always known about Nash and how he would come to be. We as his family have been blessed to witness the unfolding of this miracle of God firsthand and I consider it a privilege to be able to share the journey.
This is how I came to know about Nash in May of 2013. My cousins in Michigan had been asking for years when we were coming to see them. Growing up, they had come here for a visit just about every summer since most of the cousins lived around Hope and Spring Hill so I never made it up to Michigan. Now that I was almost 60, the Michigan kinfolk thought it was high time some of us Arkansas people come to see them, so Larry and Gayle Garner, Marsha Cochran and I headed their way.
When we made it to Michigan, the relatives made it clear that this was a trip to just visit with each other and not try to do too much sightseeing, but there was one place they wanted us to go for a day out.
The town we went to is Frankenmuth, Michigan and is a gorgeous place with the German-looking buildings and a covered wooden bridge over a scenic river and lots of little shops for tourists. We walked around some, took pictures, then ate a wonderful lunch in a nice restaurant. The day was perfect for being out and about – especially in such a beautiful setting.
Before heading back to the Detroit suburbs where they lived, they wanted us to go to the Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland there in Frankenmuth.. That’s how the sign looked, with Christ in capital letters. As I found out, the store is open year round and is huge – 7.35 acres under roof!
I read a little history on the store later to learn that the man who founded the store insisted that Christ always be capitalized and that he was a devout Christian man. It was fun to see all the decorations and gifts, but I will say 7.35 acres is a little overwhelming and to top it all, I am not much of a shopper. But somehow, in that huge place, God drew me to just where He wanted me to be.
I was looking at some Jim Shore Christmas ornaments when one in the shape of a cross caught my attention and I knew I had to have it. To me, it was perfect! The cross portrayed the purpose of the ministry of Jesus, which was to die for us, and the nativity scene across the top of the cross spoke of His miraculous birth and printed on the vertical part of the cross was “A Child is Born”.
I quickly decided that was going to be my big purchase and in the next second decided that if I loved it so much that all the women on our trip would want one as well, so I bought six. After paying for the six, I started thinking that the family members in Arkansas needed them, too, so I went back and bought six more to take back home. I am still amazed that in a store that huge, these crosses were all I wanted and was so happy with them.
We were gone on our trip a total of 12 days and the day we got back home, Steven called me and said, “Could you run down here for a minute?” I said, “Sure”, grabbed up the cross I’d bought for them and headed to his and Sarah’s house. I had no idea what he wanted to see me about so the first thing I did was to excitedly show him the cross ornament.
He grinned from ear to ear and said, “That’s perfect, that’s a sign.” I had not a clue what he meant and about that time Sarah came into the living room and it was obvious that she had been crying so I asked what was going on. She told me she had finally gotten pregnant but that it looked like the pregnancy wasn’t going to last.
Now to put it mildly, my head was spinning and here I had just brought an ornament to them that said on it, “A Child is Born”. I am fully aware that the ornament was about Jesus, but I felt like it was maybe not appropriate to bring that to someone who might be about to lose their baby. Steven, being the man of faith that he is, showed the ornament to her and by this time I was in tears myself.
To fill in a bit, I did not know the details of their fertility struggle. They were aware that I was all for having a grandchild, but I was trying to not be a nosy mother in law so I didn’t ask questions. As it turned out, they had been trying to conceive for about a year and Sarah had taken some medicine to try to help with the process, but she had taken it without success several months earlier.
Since it had been awhile, she decided to call her doctor to see about trying another round of the medicine. Her doctor agreed she could try it again and gave her a prescription to make her period start then she would take the other medicine. The doctor didn’t tell her to do this, but she thought maybe she’d better take a pregnancy test just to be certain before proceeding and it came out positive!
If she had taken the pills, it is fairly certain that the pregnancy would have ended there but thank God she didn’t. God was with her in a mighty way. Of course she made an appointment to see the doctor and they drew blood to make sure all her hormone levels were okay and that’s where the problem surfaced. Her progesterone level was way too low to support a pregnancy and this particular doctor didn’t think it helped to take it orally. So now she was faced with the excruciating wait and see what happens and to have to go frequently for progesterone blood levels.
He told her that if she could make it to ten weeks, that there was a chance the pregnancy would survive. After many prayers and buckets of tears, finally came the day when she and Steven got to see and hear his tiny, precious heart beating on the ultrasound! What a glorious day that was when I got that video on my phone and could see it for myself.
Now getting back to the ornament, Steven was very serious about God sending a sign that everything was going to be okay and he took the ornament the day I brought it and hung it on their bedroom wall as a reminder to them of who God is and it hangs there still. I keep mine out as well and love remembering the day that I was so drawn to that particular ornament in a store with literally thousands and thousands of ornaments. God is awesome!
The rest of the story, of course, is that Nash was born a healthy, happy boy and we are so blessed to have him in our lives! Medical science said he probably wouldn’t be born, but God showed us that He is in control and He does perform miracles! We are so grateful to be able to watch him continue to grow and to see what wonderful plans God has for the life of Nash Jeremiah Mullins!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.”
I want to thank Judy for taking the time to write the story, sharing it with me and allowing me to share it with you.
Merry Christmas to you and your family,
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