The Smell of Rain

by Stephen on September 17, 2008 · 67 comments

in Motivational Stories

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the Doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. Still groggy from surgery, her husband David held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of March 10,1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24 weeks pregnant, to Danae Lu Blessing.

At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound and nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor’s soft words dropped like bombs. I don’t think she’s going to make it, he said, as kindly as he could. “There’s only a 10 percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one.” Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Danae would likely face if she survived. She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on. “No! No!” was all Diana could say. She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four. Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away.

Through the dark hours of morning as Danae held onto life by the thinnest thread, Diana slipped in and out of sleep, growing more and more determined that their tiny daughter would live, and live to be a healthy, happy young girl. But David, fully awake and listening to additional dire details of their daughter’s chances of ever leaving the hospital alive, much less healthy, knew he must confront his wife with the inevitable. David walked in and said that we needed to talk about making funeral arrangements. Diana remembers, ‘I felt so bad for him because he was doing everything, trying to include me in what was going on, but I just wouldn’t listen, I couldn’t listen. I said, “No, that is not going to happen, no way! I don’t care what the doctors say; Danae is not going to die! One day she will be just fine, and she will be coming home with us!”

As if willed to live by Diana’s determination, Danae clung to life hour after hour, with the help of every medical machine and marvel her miniature body could endure. But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Danae’s under-developed nervous system was essentially raw, the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn’t even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Danae struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl. There was never a moment when Danae suddenly grew stronger.

But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there. At last, when Danae turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time. And two months later-though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero. Danae went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.

Today, five years later, Danae is a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She shows no signs, what so ever, of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she is everything a little girl can be and more-but that happy ending is far from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Danae was sitting in her mother’s lap in the bleachers of a local ballpark where her brother Dustin’s baseball team was practicing. As always, Danae was chattering non-stop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, Danae asked, “Do you smell that?” Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, “Yes, it smells like rain.” Danae closed her eyes and again asked, “Do you smell that?” Once again, her mother replied, “Yes, I think we’re about to get wet, it smells like rain. Still caught in the moment, Danae shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, “No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest.” Tears blurred Diana’s eyes as Danae then happily hopped down to play with the other children.

Before the rains came, her daughter’s words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Danae on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.

This is a real story.

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Steffi April 20, 2009 at 6:43 am

Good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-)

2 Cloe May 1, 2009 at 3:49 am

Is this story really real??!!

3 Abhishek soni September 25, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Goooooooood work…………………..!!!!!

4 UMENDRA November 5, 2009 at 8:52 am

The GOd is great

5 Narise March 5, 2010 at 5:31 am

I believe this is how God works, He is amazing! He is always there, even in our deepest hurts and fears.

6 Anjana Jayaraman April 5, 2010 at 7:23 am

It’s a short yet inspiring piece of work! Very motivating!!!!!!

7 Rimsha Amjad April 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Somehow know God will show His miracles on my brother as well. Reading such things me so sure. 🙂

8 Apk July 1, 2010 at 5:02 am

Very good story

9 Aarthi dinesh July 8, 2010 at 6:06 am

Really very good story …

which reveals that GOD is really there to help the needy during troubles…

10 Vital July 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

This story is very close to me as my sister also servived fm such critical prematurity and now she is perfectly o.k.. !!Thankyou Almighty GOD

11 Priya Mathangi August 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

Am not bothered whether its a real story or made one.. What I understand from this is.. Belief in GOD brings changes in attitude, work and LIFE………….. Last but not the lease… Happy Ending

12 Manu Krishna September 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

God is great. I have heard that for every single step we take towards Him, He moves a ten steps closer to us. God is with us all. We cannot feel Him. But we can definitely feel His presence in every good things around us. He is everywhere. He is everything. And He is there everytime. Nothing happens without his awareness. Everything bears His stamp. This story instills this belief in its readers. Be good. Do good.

13 Art Bastida October 16, 2010 at 2:42 am

God is always there carry us..
He loves us more than we ever knew.

14 Gireesh November 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Good story. I liked it.

15 Jescetta January 17, 2011 at 7:18 am

God is greaaaat! Inspiring story! Only God can save us when we go through difficulties like this. God loves us more than we expect. He cares for us and even carries our burden. He is a faithful GOD! Fantastic and motivating story!

16 Paban January 27, 2011 at 5:06 am

Love and believe in GOD is all that count till the last breath of our life…… so never loose your faith in GOD… GOD is the only one who can turn impossible into I am possible…..

17 Seshu March 16, 2011 at 5:01 am

NO words to say anything after reading this,,, but had a wonderful experience.

18 garima gupta March 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

God is there at every moment

19 Amit Byas April 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

BELIEF made it happen…may god always bless that sweet girl..

20 ViiKii June 23, 2011 at 5:24 am

Great Story!

21 Van July 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm

God is the best. All the time!

22 Muchemi Joyce July 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

Wonderful lesson about the magic of faith in Almighty God! I am awed to even believe more in God!

23 Silvia August 1, 2011 at 1:03 am

oh I was touched by this.. I was recently asked for a prayer request of my friend who need prayer for her baby in he womb…this story would increase her faith i know….

24 Marta Alonso August 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm

with GOD by your side NOTHING is impossible!! GOD is greeeaaaaat!!!

25 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 3:32 am

unbelievable………………….GOD KNOWS OUR NEED.

26 Tarun October 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm


27 Maria November 4, 2011 at 2:52 am

Glory be to God on the highest!!! ^^-
He very merciful to His children…

28 Ajay November 21, 2011 at 3:57 am

Truly heart touching story!!!
May Lord pour all his blessing along those who r helpness indeed….

29 Amy January 27, 2012 at 3:30 am

Powerful. God is great and marvelous. He is glorious in his ways.

30 Shouvik Mukherjee January 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

Awesome story……………..Great…………It touched my heart…………God is Great.

31 Suman January 30, 2012 at 5:12 am

I don’t have a word to define God’s greatness. THANX A LOT

32 Shefali February 12, 2012 at 1:00 am

Wow that was amazing… I just loved it… it tells us that GOD is always there to help us… we just need to trust his wisdom.

33 ROMEL February 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Very inspiring hope others will be able to read this especially those who are almost losing their trust to Him in times of dire needs in their life. Have faith in HIM!

34 Blair February 28, 2012 at 6:01 am

Indeed inspiring… Miracle is everywhere!
Praise be to God!

35 SkyFlynn March 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm

very nice

36 Anna March 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm

One should never lose hope as miracles always happen.

37 Mim April 19, 2012 at 1:25 am

I believe that God is our ever present help in time of need. Hallelujah, Amen. Lovely story, keep up the good work.

38 QUTUB SAILANAWALA April 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

It’s an awesome story… It tells her that how GOD has mercy and confidence on us even if loose faith in ourselves during critical conditions… HATS OFF

39 Andrew April 29, 2012 at 1:58 am

I came here for some beautiful stories, and I don’t want to be a dick, but somehow I get this tendency to question the motive of the writer. This all ties up to this supernatural deity that somehow miraculously saved this girls life, while ignoring other kids, those with parents dying in front of their eyes not in a single digit – but instead at the astonishing rate of 100,000+ a day. That pisses me off that you would somehow be arrogant enough to say you have this personal relationship with this benevolent God you are portraying this God as while if he does exist, he is the tormentor for millions.

Before you contribute or relate this story to God, question yourself why this ‘God’ you think that exists would bestow pain and suffering to millions, but offer blessing to your kid.

Other than that, I’m happy that your kid is alive and well.

40 Willem June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

It smells like rain!!! I realized that every moment have its smell.

41 Varun June 21, 2012 at 5:22 am

It smells like rain!!! I realized that every moment have its smell. I believe that God is our ever present help in time of need. Hallelujah, Amen. Lovely story, keep up the good work.

42 Naodin June 26, 2012 at 3:18 am

I almost cried while reading this untold story…. 🙁

43 Agnes June 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

The story is a beautiful way of describing God’s Love, also the absolutely great way to inspire people. God is Love, Hallelujah.

44 Imonikhe July 2, 2012 at 5:44 am

That I may know Him. Hold His hand and strut the streets with Him.

45 Nithya July 26, 2012 at 2:07 am

Small but a beautiful story to describe God’s mighty love and care…

46 akib July 31, 2012 at 12:57 am

God is great. He loves us all…….

47 Margaret August 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

God is always with us in our toughest situations

48 Annie August 20, 2012 at 1:32 am

Beautiful and touching story….Thanx for sharing..
“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”-by carl S.

49 Nayumi August 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

Such an amazing story. It really touched me. GOD will always be in my heart and I will always be in his.

50 Huong Nguyen September 7, 2012 at 2:57 am

Touching ~ =.= I can’t stop crying~

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