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Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Forgotten Nightmare

The second night at CFL camp proved to be quite challenging. Ashley (the little girl I was assigned to) began moaning and stirring in her sleep. Then, she suddenly sat up and began hyperventilating. I softly said her name and touched her hand. She quickly started throwing punches violently in the air. I had to get out of my bed and wrap my arms around her upper torso while pinning her arms down. I said "You're OK" over and over in her ear until she finally said "I'm OK." Following this episode, I tucked her back into bed and sat on my bed praying as I watched her falling asleep.

My prayer was that God would grant her peace and rest. I asked that she would sleep soundly and think only of good things.

Ashley continued to stir and moan all night. Every time she did, I woke up and prayed for her. I begged God to minister to her heart and remove the bad thoughts in her mind.

The next morning, she told someone in our cabin how well she slept.

You slept well, Ashley? Really?

Yah! I slept like a baby. I can't remember the last time I slept so good.

My first reaction was confusion. How could she not remember all of her disturbances? I watched her closely all day long. I was positive that she was lying to me and didn't want to talk about her nightmare. However, she was full of energy from the beginning of the day until the very end. She didn't want to take a nap on our break time, and she was sincerely happy all day.

I thank God that He heard my pleading. I'm amazed at the grace I witnessed.

1 comment:

  1. i've decided that being 9 months pregnant, i am in NO shape to be hearing CFL stories! i could not control my tears as i read this entry. i am so glad you are a part of the CFL team, amy... you are such a gem!


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