I met a young man today, one who left a significant mark on me. This young man has a condition that leaves him with less time and less function than he deserves. How much is up to God at this point, but the “scientific” expectation is that it will be anywhere from relatively soon to several decades. He is currently 13.
What struck me about this young man, was his confidence. Wheelchair bound, and without strength to move himself around very well without assistance, he has no reason to be confident according to this world. Yet he was extremely confident. Confidence that should be his, that should be all of ours. Because he has a confidence that is rooted in God.
This young man asked me pointed questions, and he told me when he as ready for his exam to begin. He accepted… actually, he encouraged me praying over him. This young man was confident to direct his visit with me, and to talk about his condition with me, and to say what was on his mind.
I loved this about him, he was a perfect example of how anybody should take on a deadly illness. Confidently.
I have taken care of hundreds of cancer patients, few have had confidence. Few have had a trust in God. Most have been uncomfortably thrust into the guidance of man with no trust in anything related to God. Our office is built on the principal that we were created in His image, and though the world is fallen, and there are imperfections all around us, in us, that the underlying principal is that we can have a confidence in our future in Him.
I look forward to seeing this young man again, and not only teaching him, but learning from him as well. Sometimes the thing we need most is a point of perspective.
Be well and Be blessed on this fabulous Friday! – Dr. E