I stopped in the middle of the Walmart aisle and tried to keep my composure. I was tearing up and at a loss for words, all the while struggling to tell Kelly on the other end of the phone that it was going to be ok.
Indy, my son-in-law, had just called his mom, Kelly, on Friday to let her know McKenna was in an ambulance with Andros. After a day of meeting with contractors in Panama City, FL to discuss the rebuild of their hurricane-damaged house, they decided to stop for a quick bite for dinner at a restaurant. While there, sweet baby Andros began to have a seizure and 911 had to be called. After hours of tests, he was deemed healthy. My grandbaby was diagnosed with a febrile seizure due to an incredibly fast, oncoming fever combined with an ear infection. The doctors assured the young mom and dad that this wasn’t uncommon, and Andros should make a full recovery. What relief!
When McKenna was able to step back long enough to call, she gave me the details of what happened. Indy had been feeding Andros some eggs, the left side of his body started to shake, and Indy gently grasped his head to stabilize him. McKenna immediately recognized the signs, told Indy, and got 911 on the phone. As they waited they spoke softly to him, telling him he would be ok. Andros, unable to communicate, stared intently into Indy’s eyes showing that he heard his dad and trusted him even though he was undoubtedly afraid.
This is how I should be during times of fear and worry…laser focus on my Heavenly Father. Often times, that focus falters. When situations surrounding me cause chaos or apprehension, I start looking around at the circumstances, my mind reeling with 100 different ways I can fix it or 37 things I could’ve done to make it different. I mistakenly look at SELF to make the fear disappear instead of putting my attention on the one Person that can take that fear and trembling from me and shoulder the burden in my place.
Our Father says in Isaiah 41:13, “For, I the LORD your God, hold your right hand, it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” When we let ourselves trust Him and believe that He is right there holding on to us with love and concern and understanding, we can feel the security that only He can give.
Andros is totally healthy today. He’s toddling around their hotel room again without a care in the world, not knowing the valuable lesson he and his daddy taught me through this experience. Fix my eyes on the Father; He will see me through.