Last night, we attended the family night for (long-time friends) Ceasar, Stacey, Joshua, and Saeron Wheeler. On Saturday, they said goodbye (for now) to their 13-year-old princess, Myami Faith Wheeler.
I still remember Myami when she was only two years old, and first diagnosed with the incurable disease that (eventually) took her life. She was running through the house, playing with toys, and jumping and laughing… just like every other child her age.
The doctors said she wouldn’t make it very long, but Myami shined a light for Christ in the face of a hundred death sentences… and she LIVED victoriously for more than a decade after diagnosis, despite the unimaginable mutilation happening inside of her little body.
I groan and thrash about when my stomach hurts from the flu. I make terrible noises when I vomit… like I need an ambulance.
From the very beginning, Myami didn’t complain with her words. Even after she lost her ability to speak… she never groaned or growled or thrashed about with tantrums.
Myami smiled and laughed (about the simplest things). Myami watched and listened (to everyone). Myami prayed and worshiped God. Myami shined.
The Faith And Love That Made Her Live
I’m positive about this: Myami Wheeler would have passed away at 5 or 6 if she had been born into another family. Through this trial, the Wheeler’s taught our community so much about faith – that moves the biggest mountains and calms the fiercest storms. Even more than that, they have demonstrated GOD’S LOVE in a way that few of us will ever be able to see it again. They broke down a few times, but never for more than a few hours. The terrible conditions they endured would have obliterated other individuals and families.
Every time I went to the house or visited Myami in the hospital, or looked into the vehicles where she was transported… I was greatly inspired with the cleanliness, organization, and positive-joyous environment Myami thrived in… consistently, every day without exception! The Wheelers labored tirelessly and came back from the brink of losing everything again and again… and with the little they had, they gave their baby girl the life of a PRINCESS!
When the funeral home came to take Myami out of the Wheeler residence, Ceasar would not let them carry her out on a stretcher. He gathered the lifeless body of his beloved daughter into his grieving arms and carried her to the car. Another demonstration of this uncommon LOVE!
If you ask them how they’ve coped… and you ask them how they’ve maintained peace and joy in the face of this terror, they will tell you, “Only by God’s grace.” If you ask them how they feel about their faith in God, or the future without Myami, they will tell you, “God has been good to us. He has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams. Myami’s life was shorter than we desired, but lengthened with God’s miracles. We are rich with our daughters memory! We are rich with the love we’ve received from others and the love we have for each other! We’ve been tested beyond comprehension, but we’ve come forth as gold refined in the fire. God has proven Himself to be perfectly reliable under all circumstances… and we are highly optimistic of a future that is as certain as the rising sun!”
Life is short even when we live to 90 or 100. This world is merely the testing ground of eternity. We are here today and gone tomorrow. Whether we have long lives or short ones, let us have MEANINGFUL LIVES. Let us be inspired with the life and passing of Myami Faith Wheeler… inspired to trust God on a higher level… inspired to make radical, positive strides today… for a far more meaningful future!
We must be very careful not to redefine God during the times when we cannot figure Him out. He is the healer according to His Word. He gives grace and strength! His ways are so much higher than ours. God is working in our lives according to His eternal purposes. Everything happening to us, in us, and around us is much more about the NEXT life than it is about this one.
If you’re looking for more on this subject, I highly recommend another blog I wrote after the death of another local child: The Tyson Woody Story: P1-When The Mountain Does Not Move.
Here is the song Kevin Harris sang at Myami’s funeral service. There Will Be A Day, by Jeremy Camp.
Here is a Jeremy Camp devotional based on this song.
Thank you for reading/watching… and sharing! I just finished praying for you. With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make A Difference!