The Miracle of Make-A-Wish
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4
My friend Sherrie invited me to a Make-A-Wish reveal. She is a wish granter, and she has granted hundreds of wishes. This particular wish was for a local kid in the community I live in. She thought it would be great for me to come out and see what a wish reveal is like.
Bryan received his gift on Tuesday and it was amazing to see the large group of Middle School students and teachers there to celebrate with him. You can watch the clip here.
Bryan has a rare genetic disorder that limits him in many ways. Sherrie was telling me that he will never be able to ride a bike or drive a car. When I think of what it was like to be 13 years old, I instantly think of my bike. I would deliver papers everyday on my bike. But even when I wasn’t delivering papers, my bike was representative of my growing freedom, the transition into adulthood. I couldn’t imagine a childhood without a bike. I know this is something Bryan struggles with because his wish was related to this void.
Bryan’s wish for a bike came true on Tuesday. Make-A-Wish had a special recumbent tricycle built for his needs. The visible and audible excitement from Bryan was obvious to everyone in the room. You could tell he was so happy that all of his friends were there to celebrate with him, at one point, after the reveal, I heard him ask, “Can I take it off the stage to show all my friends?” He did take it off the stage and cruised around for a good 15-20 minutes while press tried to stop him and interview him, but he was way to excited about the bike to stop for something like an interview.
The communal energy that went into this wish grant is so important to note. It took many people serving together to make Bryan’s wish come true. It was a spiritual experience to come in on the final day and witness it all. Almost like watching a miracle take place. A group of people had a desire to restore one of Bryan’s limitations. To bring new hope to a young kid struggling with genetic disorder. How awesome is it that Bryan and his parents can go on bike rides this summer? How amazing is it that many Middle Schoolers gathered and followed directions for how to make Bryan’s special day a success (yes, even Middle Schoolers have power to serve in profound ways)? How incredible is it that my friend Sherrie spends her free time planning and executing wish reveals and fundraisers to serve kids like Bryan?
There is something inside us that desires to serve. Something reminding us that life, the experience we are undertaking right now, is not just about us. In fact, it may be more about how we serve others. I felt this truth on Tuesday.
May we see clearly the many needs around us and may we use our energies to serve others above ourself.
To find out more about Make-A-Wish visit www.wish.org
To support Sherrie in her effort to grant many more wishes you should come out to the Wish Upon A Food Truck Festival later this year.