This story on Guideposts.org by Jan Holte of St. Peter, Minnesota, is the perfect reminder to always listen to your inner voice. Don’t argue with it. Don’t rationalize it away. Follow it or pay the consequences.
“GET THE BABY!”
I heard a voice, strong and clear. Was it evidence of God’s love?
I settled down on the living room couch, cradling my three-week-old daughter, Debbie, in my arms. One look at her sweet, innocent face and my heart swelled with thankfulness. I thought back to the doctor’s words to my husband, John, and me just 14 months before she was born: “I’m sorry to tell you, but you have about a one-in-a-million chance of conceiving a child,” he’d said. Debbie was truly our miracle baby.
I strapped Debbie in her infant seat and placed her next to John on the couch. She smiled as her bright eyes followed the patterns of dappled sunlight that filtered through the window. “You stay here and keep Daddy company,” I said. “I’m going to make us all some lunch.”
As soon as I reached the kitchen, just a few steps away, I heard a voice, clear and urgent. “Get the baby!” it said. Who was that? I thought, peering back into the living room. John was quietly reading the paper, while Debbie played with her favorite rattle. “Get the baby!” There it was again! This time the voice was so strong that I darted to the living room and snatched Debbie, still in her seat, from the couch.
“I thought she was staying in here with me,” John said, sounding confused.
I felt a little foolish overreacting about the message I’d heard. “Um…well, I decided she can watch me cook,” I replied.
I walked into the kitchen, Debbie in my arms…
“BOOM!” an earsplitting crash came from the living room. I rushed back in. John stood next to the couch, his mouth agape.
The heavy wooden window cornice had pulled loose from its frame and fallen on the couch right where Debbie had been sitting moments before.
Yes, she’s our miracle baby in more ways than one.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.