Thoughts on our last night in Baltimore…

Tonight, Lord willing will be our last night in Baltimore until we return in July for Elijah’s next surgery. As I sit here in the Ronald McDonald House with my boy, I’m reflecting on his resolve to be healed of this disease that has stolen so much of his childhood. I’ve watched over the past year and a half as he has dealt with so much pain,5 surgeries, disappointment and enough frustration to last a lifetime.
What I am most impressed with most is his spirit to keep going. After every tear comes a dimple filled smile, and the words ” We can beat this Dad”. Tonight his final words before falling asleep were “Dad, I’m gonna play football soon, no matter how much it hurts, no matter how hard it is, I love being a TIGER”. To which I replied “Son I just want you to get healthy and not worry about sports.” “But Dad, I miss my team, and if Jesus said he will give us the desires of our heart, that is what’s my desire is. I am going to do it”. 
What I learned this past month being with him day and night is that some things are worth fighting for. Things that might seem silly to one person, are the driving force for another. Elijah as I have said many times is one tough kiddo. Not because he is my son, rather because he is an inspiration to me. I see a young man of God fighting the good fight of faith to live the life God has given him. So many times in my life I sit and complain about how hard my day is, and when I look at him he never complains, never asks why, he just attacks the obstacle he is facing and believes that he can do anything. He is showing me that life is not defined by what happens to you, rather how you respond to it. 
I’m leaving Baltimore a changed man. Because I watched Elijah show me the power of faith, resolve and belief. No matter what life throws at us, we have two options. 1) Give up, listen to the naysayers and quit or 2) We choose to attack the enemy in front of us head on, Trust our God is bigger than whatever we are facing and Carpe Diem.
I have seen the scripture played out in Elijah’s life “You, dear children are from God and have overcome them, because He who is in you, is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Thank you God for allowing me to witness your faithfulness in my son. 
Shayne

5 thoughts on “Thoughts on our last night in Baltimore…

  1. Shayne, I have had a restless night and decided to get out of bed and check Facebook and this is the first post that I saw. I have been and continue to pray for your son. We have faced some tough battles with a daughter and I can relate to what you are saying. Thank you so much for your post. God is with you and is speaking to all of us through you and your son.

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  2. i am so blessed by Elijah’s faithfulness. I use to say “God is going to use Elijah for big things”. I stand corrected. God IS USING Elijah for big things!!! Thanks for allowing us to be a part of this journey (or as our dear friend Deb Boatman says, this “assignment”)! It is an honor to pray for you! Love my Walters family❤️

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  3. As i sit here at work, i see so much in the ER that i work in. I AM so inspired by your strength & courage. I try to pass on the love Jesus gives us to each patient that I come in contact with. Some let me pray with them some I just say a silent prayer for. This story gives me the encouragement I need to keep fighting the fight. Praying for you & your family.

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  4. Can there be a more motivating being on this earth other than Elijah?? How this kid stays positive and motivated to return to his love of sports/football is a remarkable story that anyone hearing about must feel grateful and appreciative of the life they live, because they could be climbing his mountain of struggle! I am happy to have met Elijah and the Walters because I can now say my minor daily problems are fixable in comparison. Anything the Chambers’ household can do, we’re there! Keep the fight Elijah, because your desire(s) will be bittersweet when it’s all said and done 🙂

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