When you’re expecting a baby, you’re expecting all of the good. The frustrations and pain and emotional rollercoaster of pregnancy can be easily subdued when you think of the joy a new baby will bring and planning for their future. But what happens when the completely unthinkable happens?
For Nathaniel Oliveri and his wife, Haley, their faith in God was stretched to unbelievable limits when Haley gave birth their daughter Gabriella. Nathaniel and his wife were Christians, but not your average run of the mill Christians. To most of the world they seem extreme, but in reality they simply take God at His word when it comes to what the Bible says.
One can live their lives in lip service to Christ or to God, but did you know there’s another level? If we trust God to save our souls and to one day raise our dead bodies out of the ground in the rapture, shouldn’t we take him just as seriously when it comes to everything else?
When Grabriella was born everything seemed perfect for the first thirty minutes, but then her heart rate increased and she developed a breathing problem. The medical staff quickly moved to get Gabriella sedated. As if things couldn’t get worse, Gabriella’s heart stopped.
Without knowing why she was being prepared, Haley relates that she had a desire to go through this delivery process with zero fear. Little did she know how pivotal this decision would be. Nathaniel, Haley, and their midwife held hands and engaged their hearts in prayer. Not out of fear, but from victory that God’s promises are true and whatever was going on was going to stop and reverse itself immediately.
The midwife thought that she was going to have to be the strong one in the prayer but when Nathaniel rebuked the “spirit of death,” she was taken aback at how strong his faith truly was.