My Darlin’ Boy,
I’m thanking God tonight for the past few weeks. This Honeymoon Phase has enabled us all to take a deep breath and get grounded again after Hurricane Type 1 Diabetes hit. You still only have two shots a day, we are learning more about the effects of certain carbs and proteins in your body, and your blood sugar has leveled out to a (somewhat) predictable pattern. Your mood swings and reactions to blood sugar levels have lessened. We see more glimpses of our familiar Georgie pre-diagnosis. It has brought peace and hope to our hearts.
It seems like it might be a good time to sit back and relax. But I don’t think so.
You have heard me talk about my years on the Track team. And now you see me training for a half-marathon. In every race, son, there is a strategy. You want to start well, pace yourself, and maintain your position throughout the race. And then there comes the time to kick. You cannot wait until the end of the race to exert yourself and give everything you’ve got. If you wait until the end, it will be too late and you won’t have the strength to bust through the finish line. You have to start kicking while everyone else is still maintaining. You may not even see the finish line yet, but you must set your mind, rely on your training and sprint to the end. This is how races are won. (Remind me to tell you the story of when I did the 300 meter hurdles and tripped over the last hurdle at the finish line. That is NOT how races are won, by the way.)
Georgie, running a race is hard. It is painful. Especially if the race is long. The longer the race, the greater the struggle to the end. You were with me earlier this week when I ran 7 miles with you and Hopie. You saw my pain and weakness. Every race will have pain. Diabetes is your race right now. And I would give anything for us all to withdraw from the race. But instead, we are going to kick.
- Rather than numbing or escaping from the pain, we need to acknowledge it and deal with it in healthy ways. Trying to find comfort in food, alcohol, material things, busy-ness, and yes even “religion” is not helpful. The best thing we can do is to let it drive us straight into the Man of Sorrows. The One who has endured more undeserved pain than anyone else ever has or ever will. Even on the cross, Jesus rejected a sedative because He chose to face His suffering head on. I will tell you this, we don’t need to be fake and paste a smile on our faces and say that we are OK with Diabetes. But we don’t have to hide from it either. Or get bitter because of it. Or allow it to affect our race. Pain can make our kick stronger. And George, I already see you growing stronger because of your affliction.
- Preparation is as important as performance and without it no race can be won. Today I had the privilege of being part of your training. You were having a very hard time and you mentioned wanting to hurt yourself. Alarm bells went off in my spirit and I immediately went to my knees. I prayed over you like I’ve never done before. I did it out loud in front of you and your sister. When I was done you looked at me and said, “Mom, I have no idea what any of that means.” I just smiled and said, “You don’t need to know yet. But God knows, and you better believe our enemy knows.” You (because you want to be a Jedi Knight) wanted to know more about how to fight Satan. I simply said that the best way to fight is to praise and worship God. You immediately put your fists in the air and declared, “Praise You Jesus! You are my King! I love You! Enemy you must get away!” And little Hopie praised Him too. And I just sat back and marveled at it all. This is all preparation for you, my warrior son. You will have some battles to fight, some races to run, and God is setting you up to know how to win.
- In this race, God is always after one thing. Your heart. He wants a close, intimate relationship with you. And there are many things along the road that can slow, distract or weaken you. Don’t miss the relationship God wants to build with you through your pain. You might hear some folks tell you that God will never give you more than you can handle. That’s not Biblical. There are a ton of things in this life that we absolutely cannot handle. And that is the whole point. Our lives as Christ Followers is not about what we can or cannot do. It is about what He has done and is continuing to do so that He can have our hearts. Forever.
My mom told me today that she is praying specifically that God will restore your body back to the way He originally created it. Diabetes free. I love that. We all pray for your healing daily. Sometimes hourly. Sometimes even more. But unless or until He heals you, this Honeymoon Phase will pass and the real race begins. We will need to know how to run straight into Him. We will have been prepared by spending time in HIs Word and praising and worshiping Him. We will know how to kick. So we can bust through the finish line and hear Him say, “Well done!”
My miracle son, there is no one else I would rather run this race with. You are my hero.
I love you with aaaaaaaaalllllll of my fart. I mean heart.