Image by Tony the Misfit via FlickrMy dad had a moment this evening as he was telling me about this little girl that he saw while he was at the hospital for his latest cancer check. He sees them often, these little faces, helpless to a disease that has invaded them. As he saw this little girl with obvious scars from her battle, his heart broke into a million pieces. He told me about this little girl who so obviously has been dealt a lousy hand, whose body has been put through the ringer. A little girl, just a little older than mine. A little girl that no matter what has been thrown at her, had the biggest smile that could brighten up the entire place.
A smile that showed that she had not been defeated, a smile that showed that she was not giving up. My dad almost breaking down as he was telling us about her. His total inability to understand how someone so small could be so strong.
I have seen it before, these small children with the strength of a hundred men. As their parents are breaking down at the very thought of defeat, there they are with the spirit that no disease can touch. An unfailing drive to persevere.
I don't know why God allows things like this to happen to the most precious, the most innocent. But one thing I do know is where this little ones strength comes from. Strength to overcome, strength to fight, strength to make it another day, strength to smile.
How many lives can one little precious soul touch? How many lives can one strong smile change?
Where does your strength come from?????
Psalm 18:2 (NIV, ©2011) 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn f my salvation, my stronghold.
Mark 10:14 (NIV, ©2011) 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Matthew 18:10 (New Living Translation) 10 “Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.