May 31st 2012 – 8 yr old, Nathanael Job, who prefers to be referred to by his last name Job, came to us at a rail thin 26.5 lbs/39 inches tall. He was the most underweight of all the kids that came that day. Lacking strength he sluggishly allowed us to help bath and dress him that first night before being tucked into bed. Oddly brave, he made quick observations about the people and events taking place to and around him, not intimidated but rather taking initiative he helped us learn everyone’s names, told us who belonged with who, who was sick, what he knew of his peers around him. He led the others quietly telling them how to behave, when to speak, where to sit, etc. It was evident that this little boy had been looked to as an example for some time, and the responsibility that came with that had taken its toll. Wearily he scanned the yard keeping track of the others as they mixed in with the other children already here. He looked at us with skepticism, expecting anger and aggression from us towards him and his peers.
1 yr later – Job is no longer the leader. He’s drifted back into group, just being one of the kids. The weight he carried in concern for his peers wellbeing is still there, but not nearly as heavy or burdensome since he has come to the realization that we also carry that burden with him and he doesn’t need to view us as the enemy but on the battle front along side of them. Today we celebrate with a thankful heart how far this young man has come, boyish in his love for anything that has wheels, his tender heart, open mind, always helpful hands, and never ending patient compassion for every living creature. Job’s put on 10.5 lbs and grown a full 5 inches over the last 12 months. He is full of energy and strength. He is most often found zipping through the yard on the scooter, weaving in and out among the kids, chairs, and other various environmental obstacles.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
Job 9:10 (NIV)
To be continued…
Posted on Wed, May 22, 2013