An Impossible Prayer
Our daughter has oral aversion. I wrote a little about it here.
I have been praying that she would be able to eat birthday cake on her 4th birthday in August. When I started praying for this, it seemed impossible. Our daughter only ate finely pureed food and yogurt. She was afraid to try anything else.
A few weeks ago this changed. Our little girl ate Angel Food Cake!
We had just put our son to bed and I helped myself to some cake with strawberries and whipped cream. I sat on the couch to eat it when my daughter came up to me and asked to try it. I obliged but at the same time thinking she will just spit it out like she always does. To my surprise she kept the tiny bite in her mouth and her eyes got really big and she said, “I like it.”
She ate several more tiny bites of cake that night.
I cried happy tears. Tiny bites of cake were a huge answer to prayer.
We ate cake for three days in row. She got more brave and her bites became bigger and bigger. She decided that cake was something she trusted and enjoyed.
Since that day, she has tried many things she would not try before. She has had peanut butter. She has eaten banana chunks. She had yams and potatoes that were smashed and not creamy. She has eaten a bit of pancake. Last night she had a bit of rice with some very tiny chunks of ground beef.
If you know our little girl, you know this is HUGE. After being home with us for a year and a half she is finally trusting us enough to try different foods.
She still can’t chew. That is something we are working on but she is using her tongue to move things around in her mouth. She is not gagging on her food as much but the biggest thing is that she is willing to trust us enough to try new things.
My little prayer that seemed impossible? Well, that wasn’t impossible for God at all!
The days leading up to our daughter eating cake were discouraging. We hadn’t seen very much improvement in a long time and I was doubting whether she would ever really eat at all.
Now instead of feeling discouraged, I am filled with hope. I am also wondering what my next “impossible” prayer should be…