Billy would be 29 today…

I’ve been thinking a lot about my labor and delivery with Billy 29 years ago.

I was 18 years old. Ready to turn 19 in exactly 4 weeks to the day when Billy arrived.

It was 2 o’clock in the morning and I got up to go the bathroom when my water broke.

I thought I had time to take my time and get ready to go to the hospital.

1st time deliveries can take a long time. At least that’s what I was told so I wasn’t in a hurry.

I got a shower, washed and conditioned my hair, put my hair products in, got dressed, put my makeup on, dried my hair,then when that was all done about an hour an a half later, I woke up Billy’s Dad and we left for the hospital in Lancaster.

Those contractions were coming hard and strong but I was focused on getting ready. I would just breathe through them and keep going.

By the time we got to the hospital it was 3:50 in the morning. The doctor wasn’t there yet because this was my first baby, and they rarely come that fast. I had no idea how far apart anything was because I was busy and focused on getting ready.

No one was in a hurry when we got there. They took their time checking me in and getting me up to the room.

After wheeling me up in a wheel chair, maneuvering me around all the delivery boxes that were piled in the hallways at that time of day, they helped me onto the table to see how far along I was.

The atmosphere changed rather quickly.

I thought I had to go to the bathroom but they wanted me to start giving birth! I was ready to deliver Billy.

The only Doctor that was there was an intern. My Doctor was still home in bed!

Everything happened so fast. Billy wasn’t waiting for anyone.

During my 2nd push, my Doctor made it and switched places with the intern. He had to break Billy’s collarbone because he said Billy came out too fast.

I’ve wondered if he would have gotten there sooner would he have broken it? Maybe, maybe not.

You know when you wake up in the early morning hours when you didn’t think you’d have to and things aren’t going as you expected, they may look different then if things would have gone the way you thought it was going to go.

2 hours and 15 minutes after my water broke, 22 minutes after I got to the hospital and 3 pushes later, Billy entered this world. 29 years ago today.

Baby Billy just hours old.

I was so focused on getting ready that even though I was going through hard labor, it didn’t stop me from everything I needed to do to get ready.

My Doctor wasn’t expecting things to progress as fast as they did. He got there in the nick of time but he almost didn’t make it. I remember him hand combing his hair when he rushed in. He wasn’t quite ready.

My question to you is are you ready?

I don’t mean ready to have a baby but are you ready for the biggest event ever to happen? Are you ready for Jesus,the savior of the world to return?

Jesus is coming soon.

He’s coming back soon. He told us so.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” Revelation 22:21

“This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11

This is Billy’s 4th birthday in heaven. He ran out of time. I’ve posted before that it was Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10)and it was Satan who was behind the murder of my son.

But Billy was ready. He had confessed with his mouth the Lord Jesus and believed in his heart God raised Him from the dead. So he was saved. Romans 10:9

I don’t know how close we are to the end but we’re close. Look around the world. The signs are everywhere.

However, if we die before the end comes we still need to be ready. The doctor barely made it. But he did. He wasn’t expecting me to be ready but I was.

“Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”Matthew 24:44

Time is short. Please, get ready.

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