I can’t help but smile to think that sweet little Layla Grace may have already done more good in her 2 short years of life than I have done in the 40 years God has given me. As a pastor, I spent 4 years in college, another 4 years at seminary, and the past 15 years working 50-60 hours a week in full time church work . . . all this for the sake of Jesus Christ and all that He means for me. Layla has never worked a day in her life, never earned a dollar, never won a game, never done any of those things that we normally use as markers of “success”. But, the impact of her life leaves me speechless. Because of Layla, how many of us parents have held our children closer at night? How many people have cried out in prayer to their God . . . maybe for the first time in a very long time? How many people have paused to ask those deeper questions of life and faith that often get lost in our busy and noisy world? Because of Layla, how many people will haltingly reach out to God and ask for forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ?
That’s how God most often does His greatest things – He chooses the weak, the simple, the seemingly insignificant things of this world to make the greatest impact. He’s done that through Layla, this precious two year old who has captured the hearts of so many of us with her strength, her courage, and her dependence on God in her battle against this nasty disease of neuroblastoma. She has taught us so much. Without doing anything, she has made a “Texas size” splash in the hearts and lives of so many people.
Thank you Layla Grace, for letting God’s strength shine through your weakness.