Except for her fiery red hair, 15-year-old Faith doesn’t really stand out as anything special. A stranger would pass by her without a second thought.
But Faith is different. She has epilepsy.
You’ve probably heard about epilepsy and know that it’s a “seizure disorder” of the brain. But unless you live with it, like Faith does, you have no idea what it’s like. Along with body-shaking seizures, there are the migraines; the dizziness; the chest pains and shortness of breath; the debilitating nausea; the burning electric feelings that run up the back of her neck and head.
The list of physical problems stretches on. And they invade Faith’s life way too often.
And to top it all off, those brain convulsions have even left Faith with something called cortical visual impairment. Her eyes are just fine, but the connections to her brain? Not so hot. If things aren’t printed in big, 48-point print, fuhgeddaboudit.
In spite of those miseries, though, Faith has been able to form some close friendships. She and Grace, for instance, have been BFFs since preschool. And Grace’s cousin, Gabe, is just about the nicest guy you could ever meet.
(In fact, shhh, don’t tell anybody, but Faith kinda has a crush on Gabe. Not that she’d ever admit that. Even to herself!)
If anything, Faith’s epilepsy has brought out the best in her, in a strange way. She has turned to God for daily strength. It’s motivated her to be super sensitive to other people’s handicaps or struggles. And she can’t help but be incredibly grateful to her friends who protect her and care for her when she’s in pain.
All in all, Faith would never complain. But there is one thing that bothers her. A little. As she looks around her, it’s evident that everyone has some special gift. She can see them as plain as day.
Grace is really smart. Gabe is great at music and singing. Her friend Bethany is an incredible dancer, even though she’s deaf. Everybody has something. Except for Faith, that is.
Besides epilepsy—which is no great bonus—Faith isn’t sure she has anything special about her at all. And in some ways, that’s even worse than the seizures.
Did the Lord somehow overlook her?