There have been such awesome days in my life which I revile in my mind over and over again. The day my husband proposed, the day we were married, the days my boys were born all are so special to me. However, there is one day that stands out in my mind. When my son was 12 years old during prayer I saw my son as a doctor, not just as a doctor but as a Neurosurgeon. I didn't tell him this but a week later when I asked him what he would want to be as all parents ask. His answer stunned me, he told me that he would be a neurosurgeon.
Years passed and as he reached senior school his dream changed, he wanted to become a mechanical engineer working with cars. I tried to remind him of his dream, but he was insistent that he would become a design engineer. He is brilliant but he did badly in the national level tests. he did not make the cut to the best school in the land. He was confused, upset, and depressed. It was then I reminded him once again of the dream to become a neurosurgeon.
My son made a half-minded attempt at the rigorous med-school interviews that went on for a week. I went with him everyday, just to pep talk him into doing his best. I met another young man there whose only focus was med school. This young man, Clifford, spoke so much to me on the first day that we became good friends. I made sure to carry burgers and Pizzas for him everyday as he loved them.
On the final day of the interviews he had finished his personal interview before my son did. He decided to keep me company though I told him I was fine by myself and he could go home. It was then he told me something which I can never forget. That day is etched in my memory as if it was yesterday. He had just bought me a cup of coffee from the staff cafeteria and as I was taking my first sip he said, "Aunt I should tell you something, I don't know if Kevin (my son) would tell you this, but you need to know".
Then he began telling me how they were asked to talk for five minutes about one person who influenced them and inspired them in their life. He continued,"While so many of us spoke about celebrities there were a few who spoke about parents, but your son spoke about you, and everyone listened to him with complete concentration. It was his voice", he said, "it was full of emotion, he meant what he said. He meant every word of it."
Now, I was curious to know what my son had to say about me. I am sure you would have too if you had been in my place, right? Clifford told me that my son told the 40 candidates in his group that his mother was the one who inspired and influenced him in all the major decisions of his life. He told them that his mom had taught him to believe in God and to seek God in everything he did. He also told them that when he went against God's plan for his life his mom still supported him and told him that she would would stand by him in every decision that he took whether she liked it or not. He then ended his talk by saying, "if not for my mother I would have ended my life when I saw that I didn't get into the top school for engineering."
I was so stunned hearing this, I knew my son was depressed, but I never knew he had thoughts of ending his life. I just knew I had to be with him and encourage him. I only kept telling him not to worry and God would lead him in the right path. "When one door closes, a whole new galaxy will open for you", is what I would tell him each day. When I heard this story tears were flowing in endless streams from my eyes. Then the young man who told me all this said, 'I wish my mom had put the same faith in me". Sadly that young man did not make the cut, my son stood first on the merit list.
My son did not speak to me much on our drive back home. I was too chocked to speak, but all of a sudden he blurted out, "Thank you mama, today I've realized how much you love me and how much faith you have in me". He hugged and kissed me with tears running down his face. Every year in med school he topped his class and he is now a neurosurgeon in training. He was awarded a special award for character and influence and the best outgoing student of his batch.
From that moment until now we have been more like friends. I would be the first person he would call about any problem or any difficulty he faces. He would call me and say, mom pray for me, I am in such and such a situation. As I write this he is at a conference and before presenting his payer he called, "mom I am walking to the podium, pray for me".
I almost lost my son ten years ago, but by the grace of God I have gained double the son I could have lost. This is a day I would never forget. It was the twelfth of July 2011. This happened a decade ago, but it still brings tears to my eyes. I always pray that no mother should ever lose her child, especially to suicide or accidents. I just cannot imagine what my life would have been if something adverse had happened then.
I am so grateful for the gift of life, especially for the life of my children. I am so happy to see both my boys do so well and I praise God everyday for the gift of these children in my life.
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