Age: 29 // Favourite Food: Dhal and Tiramisu. // Dream Job: Anything that enables me to work with people, the community and to encourage and equip individuals in their God given purpose.// Current Season: Crazy in love with my Savior, hubby and kids. Love my family and friends, love my church and looking forward to being a stay at home Mumma for the next year. // Met Jesus: At the age of 5 my neighbour’s granddaughter led me to the Lord. // Favourite Verse: Proverbs 31:25 – “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” // Instagram: @lucy_konda
As a child I always had a desire to marry a handsome husband who loves his family, be a Mum and have two boys. I now feel so blessed by God and am extremely grateful as this is exactly what has happened in my life and a whole lot more. I am married to an amazing husband (Taiyo) who not only loves our family but loves God and is passionate about building the local Church. I have a healthy cheeky two year old boy (Samuel) and in two weeks I will be giving birth to our second son.
Even though it sounds like a picture perfect scenario, there has been many occasions since the birth of my first son that I have had to trust in God and his miraculous provision to work through situations. A situation that comes to mind in this season as I approach the arrival of our second son – is the birth of my first son, Sammy.
It was the 18th of May 2012, at 2.20pm I started to go into labor and my husband quickly drove me to hospital. As I arrived, the midwives assured me that everything was fine and as I continued to labor I would get to meet my son within 4 hours. Ten hours later I was still in labor and absolutely exhausted. The beautiful midwife that was caring for me suggested that I consider having an epidural. My response was, “No way – I’m going to deliver my baby naturally as planned.”
Another 4 hours passed and the midwife said to me again, “Lucy you really need to consider pain relief as you can’t do this by yourself anymore, you are exhausted.” The midwife then said, “I am a Christian and I would love to pray with you and ask God for guidance and direction.” She did not know we were Christians at the time, but had the boldness to confess this at a crucial time. Even though I was determined to have a natural birth I agreed to pray about pain relief. As the midwife took my hand and prayed with me I received a peace from God that I cannot explain and I decided to go ahead with the epidural.
Within 5 minutes the anesthetist came in, inserted the epidural and I was able to rest for about 10 minutes. Then all of a sudden machines around me started beeping, nurses started rushing around and doctors were being called in to see me. I didn’t understand what was going on, they were unable to tell me. Then I heard a doctor say to my husband, “Your son is extremely distressed, his heart beat has gone down 16 beats a minute, we only have 5 minutes to deliver him. We are taking your wife to theater now!”
From that moment on everything was a whirl wind, I wasn’t sure if I was going to ever meet my baby alive as his arm was tangled around his throat inside my womb. For a second, fear started to grasp me, then all of a sudden as I prayed God’s peace overcame me and I knew that this situation was in His hands.
As I arrived in the theater, over ten medical staff were rushing around in a panic trying to work out how to deliver my little boy. One of the staff members were trying to keep Taiyo out of the theatre in case things didn’t work out, to save him from distress. They said “Mr Konda we cannot promise that your son will live, we need you to wait in the other room”. Taiyo then responded “You will not be able to stop me from supporting my wife and being there for her, let me in”. Taiyo walked in, sat down and held my hand. They brought in the Head Doctor and he quickly told me the plan. He said “Mrs Konda, you are going to have to work with us, you will need to push as hard as you can when we say”. They brought out medical instruments to assist in the birthing process. It was the fight of my life, not only for myself but more importantly for the life of a precious little baby.
As I pushed with everything I had, only 2 minutes later Sammy came into the world and was totally healthy. As he was passed to me, a joy and a type of love that I had never experienced entered my heart. Whilst Taiyo and I were quietly celebrating and spending time getting to know our new born son, the surgeon said to Taiyo, “Today you had someone looking after your family, it was a miracle that your son survived. If your wife didn’t have an epidural we would not have had the anesthetic line prepared to of been able to take her to the theater straight away.” Coincidence? I think not!
God answered our prayer in such a powerful way, sent the right people to work with us and gave us the wisdom we needed. My husband continued to reassure me throughout the whole process that everything was going to be alright and he stood by my side the entire time.
I will always be forever thankful to the midwife who was bold enough to step out and pray with me about receiving an epidural, as it was that prayer that allowed me to lay down my plan and give permission for God to move in a way different to what I thought was best.
Every morning when I wake up to my son’s smile I am reminded of Isaiah 55:9 – “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
In all seasons of life we need to trust God, not to be anxious and know that he has every detail covered as his ways are higher than our ways. As I am two weeks away from giving birth to our second son, I have every reason to be anxious and fearful due to my first experience of labor. However throughout this pregnancy God has put Philippians 4:6 on my heart – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I now know I can enter the next season in trust, knowing that God has heard my prayers and he has every detail covered. God is so good!!!