I’ll Fly Away sung by Mary Juengel and Sarah Schieber
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
I have a friend whose 11-year-old daughter is fighting Leukemia. She was diagnosed last fall and now this little Lamb is having to go through horrendous chemo. One week in the hospital and one week at home for eight weeks. She’s half way there. All together her treatments will last 2 1/2 years (I think that’s right). At the end of her hospital weeks Mary gets mouth sores and nausea among other side effects. So much for child to have to go through.
Mary has one very important thing going for her. Her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ. Mary’s trust is a portrait of the faith of a child. When she’s feeling well she sings praise songs and her momma posts them on Facebook. When she’s not feeling well she vocalizes her trust for the God that loves her and holds her, and her momma posts them on Facebook. Mary is a modern-day Billy Graham, just by her faith, love, hope and transparency.
These are the kind of situations that beg the question, “why?” Why are the ones who love Jesus getting sick. There is no answer for us of course, at least not this side of heaven. There is no promise in the Bible that exempts us from the broken-ness of our physical bodies. Ours is not to know why. Ours is to be like Mary. Trust that there is good that is now and will continue be to coming from our faith in the midst of trials. Hope for a future with another view from the mountain top while we’re still exhausted from trying to climb out of the valley. Love our Savior unconditionally just as he loves us, knowing that no matter what we’re going through…. he’s been there.
Mary is always prepared to share her faith. There is nothing at all shy about her love for Jesus Christ, she freely sings it out from her hospital bed, from her home, from her heart. There is so much to learn from this little Lamb.
Heavenly Father, we try to have the faith of a child but we know that we fall short. We try to keep our focus on You Lord, but there are so many distractions. We try to love you unconditionally, but we still get angry when things don’t go our way. Please forgive us God. Thank you Lord for the inspirations to greater faith that come to us from the little Lamb named Mary. Protect her, please heal her, and continue to use this precious child to give us a glimpse of You. In Jesus name ~Amen.