Almost 4 years ago I wrote this post….
“Why is my baby brother so sick?”
This was the question Ilana asked me first thing this morning. The response I gave was not my own, I only can say that because I’ve analyzed it all day.
I pulled an “all nighter” with Liam again last night. Now a days “all nighters” look a lot different then they did when I was younger. I can’t count the many times I tended to him..every time my head would lay down I was right back up again. I’m not saying this to complain, but to only give an expression of how restless little Liam sleeps. Among the breathing treatments and med administration all through the hours, he has fits of choking, gagging, and vomiting. His stomach tube makes it hard for him to get comfortable or for me to pick him up and walk around the house, without the company of a backpack attached to his little tummy. He cries with his wide eyes demanding help, asking with anticipation for some relief.
Ive never seen such a sweet baby boy, with his coal black hair and big brown eyes. He fits into our family so perfect, he contains characteristics of everyone here. He may not been born of my body, but that never defined his placement into our home, our family, our future lineage. He is the promise we have heard from God for so long. We love him, we love him so crazy much that his “problems” are just slight bumps in the road. They are not who he is, or a definition of what he will be.
They are just merely obstacles that desire a prayer & action response from us. They are a situational test of faith.
Everyday we tell Liam that he is healthy and smart, loved and wanted. Everyday we watch him grow and continue to do new things. Our hope is that his “problems” will be treated in a way that will give testimony to Gods love and the love He wants us to have in our families.
So when Ilana asked me “Why is my baby brother so sick,”
The first response that came to my heart was this…
“Because that way Jesus can heal him.”
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