I have spent little time thinking about what it means to be brave. But today, I witnessed bravery in it's finest form. There is a little 5 year old boy...with autism and a life threatening illness...a little boy that has been through so much more than many people ever experience in a lifetime. Loss of a birth family, long months in hospital as an infant, more blood draws, IV's and bone marrow biopsies than can be counted..he has been through suffering like most of us have never experienced.
And yet this morning, I watched this little boy, who the world would see as one of the "least" of these...By our societies standards, there would not be much hope for a promising future..the labels, one by one, fight to attempt to define him.... autism, orphan, disabled, African American, sick. These do not define who my little boy is...for he is a child of God...created in His image. This morning I watched this child define for me what being brave really means.
brav·er·y [ bráyvəree ] 1.great courage: courage in the face of danger, difficulty, or pain
I have been told that is the stage of the transplant process that starts to get really rough for the kids. While he seems less tired, he is experiencing more nausea and discomfort...yet, always with his ever sweet and precious attitude. When he rests, he is sleeping peacefully. But when he is awake he drifts in and out of rough patches that are very uncomfortable. And, as if this little boy was made out of pure molten courage, he faces the pain with a positive attitude. "It's going to be okay." "I'm going to be doing great." As he is falling asleep sitting up...and asked if he is sleepy...he still says "No. I am happy." Pure courage...that is shining through this hospital and out it's doors. He is the talk of the staff. They are amazed by the joy and the peace that he shares with them when they come into his room.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me
2 Corinthians 12:9