“I’m sorry to say, but sadly it’s true; bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.” I get emotional each time Jesher and I reach this point in the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh the Places You’ll Go. Actually, this whole section has a way of sinking deep into my heart. It’s simply too accurate, and when spoken to the tune of Theodor Geisel’s rhythmic precision, the descriptions of life’s challenges hit too close to home. I usually have to pause before moving forward to the following page. I don’t want my son to see me cry this early.
“And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” Truer words have not been spoken, and that is why I read this book to Jesher once-per-week. Yes, there are many other books that can serve as wonderful distractions from his current reality; however, I don’t believe in drowning out the bitterness of life with fantasy. I want Jesher to hear the truth. I want him to hear his dad speak plainly about his uphill battle. I don’t want to lie to him just to make him feel better. I want to admit to him that our family is currently going through a daunting slump.
“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” At this point of the story, I usually stop to tell him how hard it is to remain balanced. I tell him that a lot of people talk about balance, but few humans in our contemporary age have experienced it. I inform him of life’s pushes and pulls–the forces that constantly keep us off-balance. I warn him to distrust self-help books or gurus who attempt to formulize balance into a neatly wrapped commodity. I confess to Jesher that balance, in good times and bad times, is an elusive thing. I admit to him that his dad struggles to apprehend proper balance, and I ask him to forgive me in advance for the times when my lack of balance will negatively affect him.
“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.” Here is where I make sure I raise my voice so that these lines echo off Jesher’s cubicle walls. Sure, the aforementioned sections of the book do unearth truisms about life on our planet. They honestly illustrate humanity’s greatest dilemma–none of us can escape the hick-ups and dust-ups caused by living in an imperfect world. But I want Jesher to know that he can still thrive in this world–despite the slumps, bumps, dumps, and stumps. And as his father, I take full responsibility for making sure I declare this final, prophetic line over my son anytime I have the opportunity: “KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!” For Jesher will succeed, yes he will indeed–98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.
Here is Jesher’s current medical report:
COLON–Jesher has struggled to poop on his own for the past five days. The doctors did tell us that preemies can have bouts of constipation; however, this is the first time that Jesher has had this issue. He is now being given a suppository every twelve hours to stimulate colon contractions. PLEASE ASK THE LORD TO STIMULATE JESHER’S COLON SO THAT HE CAN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE FULL FEEDS WITHOUT INTERRUPTION.
HEART–Jesher still has an open PDA [Patent ductus arteriosus]. An open PDA prohibits the blood from circulating through the lungs properly, which effects how much oxygen is transported to the other parts of his body. Please note: we are asking Yahweh to deliver Jesher from needing any surgical procedures. If his PDA does not close, they will need to operate on his heart in order to close the hole manually. PLEASE INTERCEDE ON BEHALF OF JESHER’S PDA, ASK YAHWEH TO HONOR OUR REQUEST AND DELIVER JESHER FROM NEEDING ANY SURGICAL PROCEDURES.
BRAIN–Jesher had his weekly head ultrasound today, and we will receive the results on tomorrow afternoon. Each week, Jesher receives these ultrasounds to monitor the CSF [Cerebrospinal fluid] build-up in his brain ventricles. Previously, this fluid was not draining out of the brain properly due to blood clots. We are wanting to see the obstructions (clots) dissolve and wanting to see the CSF fluid levels subside. PLEASE ASK GOD TO UNCLOG THE VENTRICLE PATHWAYS IN JESHER’S BRAIN SO THAT HIS CSF FLUID CAN DRAIN ACCORDING TO GOD’S ORIGINAL DESIGN.
“You’re on your own. You know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” I know it sounds extremely premature, but I have already begun envisioning Jesher as a man–grown and out on his own. I often wonder if this habit is regular for parents or just one of my personal idiosyncrasies. Regardless of how common or uncommon these visions are, I have seen Jesher’s adult form. I have seen him standing about 4 inches above me, smiling because he knows I’m proud of him. And although I’ll have paragraphs of proclamations to pour out upon him, my vision of him always ends with me consolidating my verbose affirmation into five words: Oh, the places you’ll go.
“There is hope for your future —this is the LORD’s declaration —and your children will return to their own territory.” Jeremiah 31:17
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Mike, thank you for another amazing update. I look forward to them, and they are apart of my morning devotion. Thank you and Lhorraine for sharing your journey with us. We continue to stand with you in agreement, and we pray over Jesher “Tiny but Mightys,” Colon, his Heart, and that God unclogs the ventricle pathways in his Brain.
I pray that God continues to hold you and Lhorraine up, as you journey through this process. May the Power Spirit, and Presence of God continue to move through you both. I also pray that God grants many more Kangaroo moments for Lhorraine & Jesher. And I too look forward to the day when he’ll be standing 4 inches over you.
Love you all!!
-Jeremy & Traci
As I read, I remembered the message in the book of Joshua where God speaks to his servant declaring “one man will go up against a thousand and win” “for tbe Lord will go before him”. It’s more than just a promise of God fighting our battles. It’s saying to us, we’re not alone because God is fighting for us. We can face every hardship, every heart wrenching, gut ripping, devastating issue in our lives because God will go before us and WE WILL WIN! For his colon, God fight, for his heart, God fight; for his brain, God fight; for his liver, pancreas, spleen and heart, God fight. Go before Jesher and give him Joshua success in this battle. FIGHT! Thank you in Jesus name. Thank you for daily progress thank you for this opportunity! Amen
Hi. I’ve enjoyed reading the progress on Jesher. He and your family are in my prayers.
Twenty six years ago, my newborn wasn’t able to poop. A wise woman in New Orleans told me to go buy some parsley. She came to our home and asked for scissors and Vaseline. She snipped the end of a piece of parsley, rubbed a little Vaseline on the end and inserted it into my daughter’s rectum. Almost immediately, poop started flowing from her rectum like toothpaste out of a tube.
I don’t know if the hospital will allow this “old wives remedy” but I’m a witness. God bless.
Thinking of and praying for Jesher and both of you….
Prayed just now for each of Jeshers medical needs, for his spirit and his family: Mom, dad, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles!
Life is truly a balancing act and slumps are no fun at all. Yuck. But I praise the Lord that you see Jesher standing tall in his adult form. The eye of your faith piercing through the veil of a slump is priceless. I’ll continue to pray for the specific health challenges you mentioned. Despite the bumps, Jesher continues to gain strength day after day. He will come through and so will you. Have an awesome day.
We stand in agreement with you family! Oh the places Jesher will go in Jesus name!!
Ty, Bobbie, Jalen & Essien
God is our ALL and ALL! Thank YOU HOLY “ALL” for all that YOU are doing! I know this is challenging but hold on! The prayers of the righteous prevailith much!!
“But you are He who took Jesher out of the womb; you make him trust while on his mother’s breasts. He has been cast upon you from birth, from his mother’s womb you have been his God. Be not far from him for trouble is near and there is none to help” (Psalm 22:9-11). Claiming this scripture for Jesher
Standing in agreement with you. I believe Jesher’s life WILL BE a living testimony.Praying for him daily!! Be encouraged!!