How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart! {Psalms 36:7-10}

Maybe three or four weeks ago I got a text message from my college roomie and bestie, Julie. She lives in NC. She was texting to tell me to check out a Facebook page about a preemie named “Madelyn Grace” {search Madelyn Grace on FB to check out her amazing story yourself}. Julie said that Madelyn was born at 23w, 4d {the exact gestation my water broke}. And she was born exactly one week before my water broke. Her birthday was January 11th. My water broke on the 18th.

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The coolest part? Julie was telling me all this because while I was on bedrest in the perinatal unit, Madelyn and her family were around the corner in the NICU in the same hospital. And, turns out, her family loves Jesus.

What a “coincidence.”

So I began praying for Madelyn and her family. I also contacted them to tell them that their story was such an inspiration and encouragement. And that I was praying for them. I received a kind, thankful response.

About the time that Julie told me this, my mother in law said one of her co-workers had friends from their church with a son in the NICU. We didn’t catch his name, but knew the dad’s name was Eric. Sounded like another family that loved Jesus. Another amazing story.

Fast-forward several weeks. Liam comes. We begin spending our days in the NICU getting to know the environment and the staff. On our third night there, we shared our story with one of the nurses who was open with us about her love for Jesus. When we told her about our story she said, “Oh man…you guys have to meet this couple. You have a lot in common.” She pointed to an isolette 3 beds away from Liam’s and to the parents there with him. She even went to tell them that we needed to connect.

More fast forwarding. To Wednesday night.

We were getting ready to leave and as we were walking out, we bumped into Eli’s mommy.

I said, “Are you Eli’s mommy?”
She said, “Yes I am! You’re Liam’s mommy?”
I nodded and gave her a hug.

We talked briefly about our kiddos and our stories. We made plans to hang out together and share our stories on Saturday.

Then Jason asked her what her husband’s name was.
“Eric,” she said.

What a “coincidence.”

Before we could even piece it together another woman walked by and Katie {Eli’s mommy} snagged her and said, “You have to meet Courtney! She is in the room RIGHT NEXT TO YOU. And Jesus is with them in that room.”

I looked at her and said, “You look awfully familiar. Maybe I’ve just seen you around the NICU?”

And then it hit me.

I said, “What is your baby’s name?”

“Madelyn Grace,” she said.

What a “coincidence.”

Ahhhh. I started cracking up laughing. I told her I’d been praying for Madelyn and for their family for weeks. I told her how I had heard about her story from a friend in NC. She remembered getting my message.

So literally, we are surrounded in this NICU with two other families who absolutely love Jesus and who are walking this challenging road with us. People who get it. Who have been there. Who are still there.

Wow. What a “coincidence.” Isn’t “fate” amazing? So “serendipitous.”

Nah.

I have a different view.

“Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?” {Lamentations 3:37-38}

“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.” {Psalms 33:11}

He’s just kind. He’s just good. He loves us. He sees us. He cares about us. And He didn’t have to send me new Jesus-loving mommy friends in the NICU. But He did. Just because He can.

{Mommy and Liam update coming later this afternoon after I go get my dressing removed by doctor at 1pm}.