Thursday, December 29, 2011

One of those God things. . .

Steve here:

I just wanted to pass along something that happened yesterday- an interesting bit of God's work in our lives.

Yesterday (Wednesday) we had a visit with the orthopedic surgeon who will be working on Kaden's hip & knee. His hip is out of joint, his leg is slightly twisted and his knee doesn't bend correctly. This is why he was given up for adoption at birth and sent to a "special needs" orphanage.

The reason we went to this particular doctor was simple: when our son Hayden fell and broke his arm about six years ago, this was the doctor we went to. He was recommended by the ER people who initially set Hayden's arm. He was wonderful to our son, and his staff were great. Very competent, professional and nice folks. So, when it came to who we wanted to look at Kaden to see what could be done, Dr. L was an easy choice.

Our initial visit for Kaden went very well, and now after a CT scan on his hip and an MRI on his knee, we were back in Dr. L's office to make final plans on how to proceed.

The hip surgery will be significant, with a relocation of the leg bone down into the socket, a moderate re-building of the socket and a bit of rotating of the femur (by rotate I mean cut the bone, rotate and pin back together). A little work on the knee to straighten things out side-to-side, but any more on the knee will be at a later date, after the hip is sorted out. Like I said, significant surgery. 

While we were in the office, a staff member (Jim) was calling up some new X-rays onto the computer monitor. As he was doing this, he matter-of-factly mentioned that Dr. L is a specialist on hips, and other orthopedic surgeons refer their tough cases to him. 

Hmmmmm . . .

So, six years ago, we happened to be referred to a doctor for our son with a very average arm break - any good orthopedic doctor could have handled it fine - who happened to be a specialist on hips which happened to be immeasurably valuable because we happened to adopt a boy from across the globe who happened to be available for adoption because he had a hip issue.

Hmmmmm . . .

That's a lot of "happen"-ing going on.

It almost seems as if a mighty God was orchestrating some seemingly inconsequential circumstances (while Kaden was still being knit in his birth-mother's womb*) that would uniquely benefit him here and now. 

Yet another example of the deep truth of this verse:

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
-Romans 8:28. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

*To paraphrase Psalm 139:13


  1. God is so good! I stand continually amazed at how He orchestrates our lives. Things never just "happen" do they? No such thing as a coincidence!

  2. Beautiful! What a story to be able to tell Kaden when he's able to comprehend the scope of it all. But then again, can we fully "get it" yet? Our God is amazing!! Thanks for sharing this with us! By the way, the boys picture (the star shaped one) is on the fridge!
    Love you all,

  3. Definitely a God thing!!! Lifting you all up in prayer and can't wait to hear the praise report on Kaden's surgery!

  4. God is amazing! We will keep Kaden's surgery in our prayers.