You’re not dreaming!

April, Jamie (her dad) and I were at the Hope Network gym last night. After helping April do pulleys, we transferred her from the wheelchair to a bike-looking device to work on her legs. She needed to re-adjust, so we were going to help her stand up so she could sit back down correctly. We were just getting ready to extend our arms around her, as she started to push herself off the chair. Normally, April will push off with her arms, while we grab her by her waist and help her the rest of the way up. But not this time….

As she pushed on the chair, her legs suddenly straitened themselves. She pushed the rest of the way, and in an instant, she was standing up. We did not even have our arms ready yet. She just got up, and stood on her own. She slowly reached for her dad to support herself, not really knowing what was going on. I was confused. I was thinking, what just happened? Jamie looked just as startled. It took me a few seconds, and while still confused, I asked her, “did you just stand up?”  She looked surprised at first, and then she smiled. She really smiled. She opened her eyes as widely as she could, and smiled like she never has before. “I think I just did,” she added.

I didn’t know what to say. I was shocked! After seeing her for several months nearly paralyzed in that wheelchair, it was hard to believe that she had suddenly stood up, but she had. “Let’s try that again,” added her dad. We sat her back down, and sure enough, she stood right back up! And she did it again, and again, and again. And we laughed in joy, as April gave praise to God!

After a few more attempts, I walked in front of her and received her in my arms. She hugged me, almost crying, and asked me with a shaky, whispering voice, “Am I dreaming?” She couldn’t believe this was happening. She literally thought she was in a dream, as she had dreamed of this moment almost every night since her car accident. “No, you’re not dreaming,” I said. “I assure you, this is real!”

“But it feels like a dream,” she replied. She still couldn’t believe it. Honestly, it was still hard for me to process it as well. “You’re not dreaming!” I said once again. “This is real. This is happening.”  She hugged me once again, as our hearts shared with each other the joyful taste of a miracle.

About Gabriel Mongefranco

Gabriel Mongefranco is your software developer for all things data: extraction, integration, analytics and security. He is also a blogger, a poet, a proud father and a faithful Christian. He is always eager to contract with faith-based nonprofits! Learn more.