Wow! I just received the update on Baby Jonah Silverburg’s
exploratory surgery of yesterday. Remember, this little baby is only 52 days old!Â I was shocked to hear of all the findings, but relieved that they were able to address specific needs with immediate surgical intervention.
Here is what the Silverbergs wrote:
Dear Praying Family,Jonah is recovering from his surgery yesterday.Two sections of his large intestine had to be removed.These sections had been destroyed because of oxygendepletion probably during the last episode of cardiac arrest.The intestine was resectioned.Also, his appendix was removed as it had attached to the large intestine at a wrong location.Also, the small intestine had become attached to the liver, and it was separated.The Liver is in the wrong place, as are his intestines.The spleen was searched for, and it indeed is missing. This means Jonah will be on antibiotics for the rest of his life.Thank you for your continued prayers.In Christ’s Love,Marty for Val
As I read the above news I could not help but recall Psalm 139:14 that says,
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
As mixed-up as this little boys insides would appear to us in relation to what should be where and how it should function … Jonah has been knit together in this unique way. God knows it all!Â Despite what seems like impossible odds of living with such variations to his body, little Jonah is being a living testimony to what God can do in even the darkest-appearing circumstances.
It never ceases to amaze me; our Sovereign God chooses to use the weak and frail things to show His greatest glory. Surely, little Jonah, and his missionary family with their own challenges are being used greatly!
Especially with the abundance of discoveries made in this last surgery, I am praising God for His provision of good surgeons and hospital care for little Jonah. God has placed him in a hospital where these specific needs can be addressed. Do you know how amazing that alone is? However, this also shows a great deal of struggle in the future for this family who is already so worn down. May God’s love and peace flood their spirit. We pray not because we intend to “change God’s mind,” but as we love our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, we hurt when they hurt and we rejoice when they rejoice. We are called as a loving body to uphold one another in Christian love, and how it pleases God that we prayer for one another.
It would mean a lot to them if you could leave them some encouragement. Even to just let them know that you are praying for them. Please leave a comment below and I will make sure it’s attached for them. Rather than flood their email, I will attach it to the posts.