A boy of about 11 years old who was diagnosed of leukemia (cancer of of the blood) at age 4, went for a violin competition. Read story below:
I started playing the violin when I was 7 years old. I wanted to start playing the violin because I was been bullied in school and that was because I had cancer and I was dying. When I lost my hair, I was very sad and too embarrassed to go to school.
People used to make fun of me and laugh at me because I was different, they would spread rumours to say my cancer was contagious, and they all wanted to stay away from me.
So one day, I saw a notice in school that says after school programme, free violin lessons. And I said to my mum; mum I wanna do it!
And so I started, the more I played, the more I got better and it helped me forget all the bad stuff. I just didn’t want to be the kid with the cancer. So now, am the kid who plays the violin.
After the competition, one of the judges asked him how he was feeling. And he said: Am feeling proud of myself! Now one of the judges said something that was really touching. ” Most people who get bullied are bullied because they are better than the people who bully them.”
Now what is your own story? A lot of people when being diagnosed of a certain terminal ailment, do not die as a result of that ailment, they die because they loose hope in God, they loose hope in themselves, and they loose hope in life.
The boy in our story didn’t die of cancer because he kept hope alive. He didn’t stop going to school because he was being bullied and laughed at in school. Most of all, he didn’t commit suicide because he was being stigmatised, because he had hope.
How many of us can go through what this boy went through and still stay strong? There’s nothing like having hope in God. The bible says in Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”.
My late dad used to say; ” Hunger wen e get hope no dey kill. Meaning that hunger doesn’t kill a man who has hope. I learnt alot from that. If you have hope in God, you will always pull through no matter the situation. The book of Jeremiah 29:11 says For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The psalmist say But I will keep hope alive, and my praise to You will grow exponentially. I will bear witness to Your merciful acts; throughout the day I will speak of all the ways You deliver, although, I admit, I do not know the entirety of either. I will come with stories of Your great acts, my Lord, the Eternal. I will remind them of Your justice, only Yours.
1 Peter 5:10 says “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast”.