All Eyes on Me - David Lewis

David, age five, at the Benbrook Fire Department in Benbrook, Texas

Many of us have heard the story about the boy named David from the Old Testament. David was a small boy who had many stronger brothers, but despite his small size God chose him for greatness. David fought many battles in his life, none more recognizable than the story of him and Goliath. This small boy brought down a huge giant with only a slingshot and a rock. When all seemed lost to everyone else, this young boy showed courage beyond the impossible.

I have another story of a brave young boy named David to share with you. My son's name is David, and he is facing an impossible giant in his life. David has a kidney disease called Nephrotic Syndrome. This disease causes protein to leak through the tiny filters in David’s kidneys. Children with this disease are treated with steroids, and most do well with this type of treatment. David, however, was not one of these children. In David’s case the medicine failed in bringing about a lengthy period of remission.

The protein has pushed through David’s filters so much over the last eight years that his kidneys are now scarred beyond repair. The repeated kidney scarring has led to “End Stage Kidney Failure.” David has been very sick for a long time, and we have dreaded every visit to the doctor this term. Ultimately, David’s kidneys can no longer sustain his life, and he now depends on dialysis to live.

David just began his journey for a new kidney, a miracle that will sustain his young life. David is looking toward the future rather than looking at this disease as the end. Dialysis is the first step forward in the process for David’s new kidney. We believe in an awesome God who never makes mistakes. We truly believe that he will heal David, and if it takes a new kidney than we will wait on the Lord. We continue to have HOPE despite all the challenges. We have hope that David will be healed; hope that this disease will bow down to the Glory of Our God; hope that his life will be productive and long. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

We have faith that we serve a loving God, a God who sent his son to die on the cross for us! We have faith that he died and rose again that we may live, and we have faith that he is in control. And if he is for us, who can be against us? Even though David is only 12 years old, he already understands some things that can take us adults years to comprehend. He has told me in many conversations that good will come out of this time of suffering and how you have to go through the hard times to become the person God intends you to be. God has begun a good work in David, and I know he is not done yet.

David's Photo Album

David signs his name on the first ever F-35 AA-1 JSF. Pascale Rondot helps David put on his virtual reality head set. David wears specialized 3-D glasses in Lockheed Martin's SAIL System. David is excited after taking the controls in the F-35 Simulator. David focuses as the F-35 gains supersonic speeds. F-35 Pilot Jeff David receives a model of the F-35 as a gift from the representatives of Lockheed Martin. Kevin McCormick shows David and his family a previous-generation fighter jet in Lockheed Martin's David meets pilot Jeff David and David sits in the David meets CFO Craig Happel and General Manager Dan Crowley. Kevin McCormick tells David about the laser technology that goes into building the F-35.

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