Hello, my name is Jeremiah. I am almost 10 years old and today is my 6 year diabetes anniversary. At my house, we celebrate my dia-versary every year. Here’s some pictures from last year. It was really cool.
Why do we celebrate? Well, we could go past the day and not remember it, or remember it as the day I got a really bad thing that’s super hard, or….. we could remember it as the day that I got something that God is using for my good, something to be able to encourage other people with, something that makes me stronger.
Sometimes, I think diabetes is the worst thing in the world. From the human perspective it can be. I have not liked diabetes a ton of times. I’ve probably not liked diabetes more times than I’ve checked my blood sugar, which is a whole lot of times. That’s when I ask God if this is the way I should be looking at it, as a horrible thing, or should I be looking at it from His eyes. If I look at diabetes from God’s eyes, I see it a lot differently.
I see that there is GOOD even in diabetes. I get to have snacks, a lot! I get to go to diabetes camp and have a whole lot of fun. We will be in 4 diabetes walks this year and they are really cool. That’s me in the picture in the front of the Step Out race. I get to have an extra party every year to celebrate my anniversary, how awesome is that?! It has also made me have a very strong relationship with God.
When I’m in a tough spot, when diabetes seems like a lot, I remember what God says in the bible. I remember the people that God teaches me about like David, Paul, and Ruth. David had to have a whole lot of courage to stand up there and kill Goliath and I have to have a whole lot of courage to handle my diabetes. We are both slaying our giants. Paul had a thorn in his side and he rolled with it. If he can do that, I can do this. Ruth was very brave to stick with Naomi and go to Boaz, and it takes bravery for me to share with people about diabetes. If Ruth could do what God called her to do, I can do what God is calling me to do.
There is GOOD in diabetes and God is using it for my good. God doesn’t make mistakes. He knows exactly what He is doing. God is perfect. He is in this with me and He is carrying me through this. The other day my story encouraged a 16 year old to be brave with his diabetes and give himself a shot. That was awesome! I wouldn’t have been able to help him if I didn’t have diabetes in the first place and I’m really glad I was able to.
Diabetes has caused me to rely on God. Without it, I don’t know if I would as much. I have to trust Him everyday when I feel sick from high or low blood sugar, when I have to poke myself with a needle over and over and over, when I get a pump put on me and it hurts, when my pump messes up which is really frustrating, when I have to stop playing and deal with diabetes stuff and sometimes get embarrassed, when I have to remember to bring stuff with me that other kids don’t, when I accidentally forget my stuff, when kids ask weird questions or stare at me, and when I’m tired of it all. I have to trust God.
If I can give any encouragement to kids with type 1 diabetes, or their parents, I would say this: Trust in God. When you’re trusting in God, you’re seeing diabetes as a blessing, something God can use, not something horrible out to ruin your life. When you see diabetes as a blessing you are able to talk with others, encourage them, and talk with people in a ‘different language’. A language of understanding, a language of love, a heavenly language. Having diabetes has given me a head-start on how God’s love language works, and it’s definitely better than the human language.
I’m doing my best to trust Him with my diabetes. I hope you are trusting Him too.
Editor (Mommy) note: At Jeremiah’s young age he is still working on fully understanding the how and why of diabetes. The more he grows, the more he understands the full truth which is that we live in a fallen world full of sin. Disease is part of that sin that was brought into the world, including diabetes. This was not in God’s perfect plan for the world but because of the fall, it is now a very real part of our lives. God sent his only son to die for us, so that we may one day live with Him in perfection once again, free from sin and things like diabetes. In the meantime, we praise God even while dealing with the brokenness of this world and thank Him for his immeasurable care.