The owner said to Jackie Robinson after he was asked to play for the dodgers. “They won’t like this. They will try to fight and call you everything but, you must not say anything or fight back. I chose you not because you were the best. I chose you because I know you are strong enough to take it.”
Jackie responded; “You give me the uniform. Give me the number on my back and I will give you the guts.”
I spoke to kids at Jordan Acres School. One 6th grade girl asked me if my kidney failure was hereditary? I looked puzzled and she said; “I am diabetic and my dad is adopted. I want to know why me? Why did God pass this down to me?” I looked around and locked eyes with the teachers. Students were silent as they watched her cry. I said a quiet prayer for the right words as I walked toward her. I asked, “How many of you have seen her take insulin shots?” Most raised their hands. “How many of you can do what she has to do every day?” No one raised their hand. I walked up to her and said, “Do you know why God gives this to us? Do you know?! Because He knew we could take it. They are not as strong as us!” I gave her a Refuse 2B Feeble shirt. I wasn’t allowed to give to students unless I did for all. But I did and no one complained. I was told later that she wore that shirt every day for the rest of the school year:
Dr. Vella said to me during my first time on dialysis that I was eligible for a transplant. But he wanted me to know that there were possible side effects. He said these things will probably happen to you: Diabetes, CMV, cancers, osteoporosis, and many other things.
I looked shocked and said, “I don’t know if I want a transplant.” “Yes, you do because if they happen, with the new kidney, you will be strong enough to take it.”
June 1st will be my one-year kidney transplant birthday. Hopefully, then I will be able to meet my donor. The woman who gave to a stranger for nothing more than the satisfaction of helping someone else. What do I say to her? Will I be able to speak?
It’s been a bit of a rough first year. Getting a transplant is not a ticket to normalcy but allows you the extra to fight back.
Many of us are stricken with problems. Some unseen and we wonder, why did God give this to me? To whom much is given, much will be required (Luke 12:48).
Many of us were given tribulations. And it may seem daunting at times. But as the Apostle Luke wrote, much will be required of us and we that are broken and stricken with scars will be the ones who will be able to hold the heavy load because we can handle it.