As many of you know, July 15th marked the day Elijah had his second fixator removed. For him it was great relief, for us it was the day the real stress and worry began. Thoughts flooded our hearts, “Will it work? Is it to soon? Will he walk again? Will he heal?” These concerns plagued our thoughts….hourly.
For the past 6 weeks he has not been allowed to put any weight on his leg/hip to prevent another collapse of his hip and give time for the bone to heal. The hope, prayer, goal would be that after 6 weeks he would be allowed 50% weight on his leg and that would be a BIG WIN. SO, a little over 2 weeks ago we had his x-rays and tests to see if his leg/hip were strong enough to take that step. We eagerly sent the x-rays off to our surgeon in Baltimore and waited on pins and needles to hear. One hour turned into a day then into a week, then two and NO WORD. Fear, anxiety, anger, doubt flooded our minds. Last Wednesday evening we had a speaker who never met Elijah at our church come and lay hands on him and pray. He spoke over Elijah, and God gave him and us a word that he would be well!
Not knowing what exactly God was saying we prayed and waited. Then, THE NEXT MORNING we received word from our Dr. that Elijah’s test showed that he is not out of the woods, BUT that Elijah’s x-rays showed that he was better than what our doctor anticipated. He said that rather than just 50% weight bearing that Elijah could slowly go up to 100% weight bearing as he could handle it. His precise words were, “He can get rid of the crutches, as he can bear the pain.” It was literally a MIRACLE from God. He will start this week off at school with the crutches but will be weaned off as his leg/hip strengthen. It was God saying to us, You have a great physician, but I am your great healer.
Last night was a BIG win for Elijah as he got to take a few moments in football to start throwing the football to his teammates (see below). His never, give up, never quit, fighting spirit was on full display. He and we have a LONG way to go in this process of waiting, rehabilitation, waiting, recovery, and waiting, but this was like the sweetest and strongest of whispers from God saying, “I love Elijah more than you know,” and I WILL take care of him.
Again, we are in awe of God and the community of Loveland who have been more than gracious to rally around us. We love our community. We love our church. We love our teams. We are taking this whole process one step, one miracle, one throw and one victory at a time. As small as it may seem to some, we see his first step without a crutch as a MAJOR VICTORY. Clearing the stage for God
Shayne and Tiffany