Today Was A Good Day

It’s funny how songs come to mind in the most random moments.  Have you experienced this?  You’ll be moseying around, completing a menial task, and a song will drill its way into your frontal lobe without your permission.  This happens to me all the time!  Songs from decades past will oftentimes take day-long vacations in my brain, hoping that I might throw them a ‘welcome back’ party by pulling them up on Spotify or Youtube.   These songs show up to the front door of my consciousness without an invitation.  They are rude house guests.  They are unwelcomed visitors.  And as I looked out of Jesher’s 7th floor window into the heart of the city, one of these classic intruders began playing a tune as I watched the sunset.  I was startled that a song from 1992 (26 years ago) would show up to serenade me as I watched the sky turn colors, but then again, I should have known it would pay me a visit.  It expressed the rhythm of my mind, body, and soul.  So I asked the tune to stay, because “Today Was A Good Day.”

The iconic Ice Cube hit is one that I have not thought about in ages.  Honestly, I didn’t here the song until around the year 2000.  I don’t have any epic stories of where I was when I first heard it or what car I was driving when I first played it.  I don’t even have any profound memories that are attached to it.  I probably thought about the song due to the exhale I had just released before my internal jukebox selected it for me (Note: my jukebox only plays the radio edited versions : ) .  But on March 21, 2018, I finally began to understand it. 

While I ‘people-watched’ from my high perch, the meaning behind the song became brilliantly clear to me.  For the first time in my life, I understood why the sentence–“Today was a good day”–is such a compelling statement.  I finally heard the true heart of the writer.  The focal point of the song is a person who has had a string of challenging days.  And this run of tough experiences profoundly magnified the bliss of one excellent day.  That’s what today was for me.  That’s what today was for Jesher.  “Today Was A Good Day.”

I stood staring through the blinds, smiling from ear-to-ear, praising God for the gift of not having to process through bad news.  In NICU, you cherish these moments because you don’t know when you will receive your next good day.  As you drive to the hospital, you pray for the strength to face the day, hoping you have enough faith to propel you into tomorrow.  You hold your breath as you exit the elevator and sign in…You hope that when you see the doctor, his or her face is relaxed and not furrowed.  Yes, you always want the truth, but you’ll take ‘encouraging truth’ over ‘concerning truth’ anytime you can get it.  Today we received the former; we got a break from the latter. “Today was a good day.”

Here is Jesher’s current medical report:

LUNGS–We saw a major improvement in Jesher’s breathing over the last 24 hours.  At one point today, Jesher got all the way down to breathing 25% oxygen (regular room air usually provides us with 21% oxygen) while maintaining a 91% saturation level and a 140 heart-rate.  For those who have not received medical training, suffice it to say that these are phenomenal improvements.  PLEASE ASK GOD TO FULLY RESTORE JESHER’S LUNG HEALTH SO THAT NO ONE COULD EVER TELL THAT HE ONCE NEEDED VENTILATOR BREATHING SUPPORT.

HEART–Jesher’s blood pressure numbers are indicating that his PDA [Patent ductus arteriosus] might have closed!  The doctor did warn us that PDAs in micro-preemies can open and close multiple times during their development.  But Lhorraine and I are claiming that God would close, and keep closed, Jesher’s PDA so that he can avoid a surgical procedure.  PLEASE PRAY FOR JESHER’S PDA TO BE CLOSED AND REMAIN CLOSED FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

BLOOD–Jesher did require to blood transfusions over the past 24 hours.  His body is still struggling to generate enough red blood cells.  Red blood cells are key transporters of carbon dioxide.  They are the ones that carry the carbon to the lungs so that we can exhale it through our breathing.  Jesher has struggled to release his carbon dioxide due to a lack of red blood cell support.  PRAY THAT THE BLOOD OF GOD’S SON (JESUS) WOULD HEAL THE BLOOD OF MY SON (JESHER).

I don’t know what tomorrow will be like.  I can only hold on to the prophet Jeremiah’s promise that with each new morning there are “new mercies” waiting to greet us.  And Yahweh has been merciful.  The Lord has been gracious.  God has been good.  But his mercy, grace, and goodness don’t always yield a good day.  Sometimes, these three companions draw near to give us the necessary strength to survive a bad day.  They have done this for me multiple times over the past two weeks.  I’m just glad today wasn’t one of those soul-jarring days.  Today was different.  Today was better.  Today was needed.  “Today Was A Good Day.”

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

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22 thoughts on “Today Was A Good Day

  1. Today I asked God to”please, please” RESTORE Jesher’s lung health…FULLY/COMPLETELY! I also prayed for his heart and his blood as requested, believing “He’s Able.”
    This is (indeed) the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24.

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  2. Excellent! Praise the Lord. Continuing to pray for Jesher, Lhorraine and you and your extended families, the medical team and Jesher’s neighbors.

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  3. Praise God! And thank you to all the people praying. We are with you and Lhorraine in spirit and in prayer. I pray you feel that love and support as I felt it when my two-year old grandson was hospitalized for four months to receive chemo (and praise God, he is a six-year old in the first grade loving math!). God is able, and He has the Polite family in the palm of mighty and merciful hand! Thank you so much for the updates!

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  4. Every day we hold our breath when we see your post – praying that it will show signs of ‘a good day’ for Tiny But Mighty Jesher and your family. Thank you Jesus for this report! We will continue praying that the good news will outweigh the bad news each day forward!

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  5. I do not know your family personally, but I have been sharing your sermon’s via podcast with my friends. We continue to pray for your living miracle, because God is able to healing and restore. Elated about the healing process and look forward to the day in which he will be discharged home a healthy boy.

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  6. Keep fighting Jesher!! I am praying for you and your family. Jesus is holding you in the palm of His hand, sweet boy.

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  7. “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
    “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
    All I can say is “Thank you Jesus” I will keep praying.

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  8. God is Good, God is Faithful and sure. We are coming to Oakwood Alumni, leaving on Wednesday. Do you need us to bring you anything from here in Berrien? We can and we will. Let me know. Elynda

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  9. Thank you Lord! You are certainly hearing and answering our prayers. We want many more good days for Jesher, Jesus!

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  10. THANK YOU, JESUS!!! O, the tears are flowing, but they are tears of joy and hope! Love you guys SO SO MUCH, and that sweet little baby is on my heart and in my prayers, day and night; often times, I find myself suddenly awakened at 1:30am or 3am, and while I am used to waking on account of the little ones who need me for one thing or another, these last few weeks that I wake, I have been wakened by a very distinct feeling and a voice soon follows with ‘Jesher needs you, he needs your prayers right now.’ and it humbles me that I can lift up this little one at any given moment! Huggs, you guys – can’t wait to see all 3 of you, hopefully soon!

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  11. Pastor I’m praying everyday every minute for the little baby and for you and your wife and I know that God is doing miracle works as I’m saying this today God is going to heal the baby and the baby is going to be a witness for Jesus so we’re going to keep praying keep trusting and know that healing is taking place in the name of Jesus. I love you and I will continue to pray for you all.

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