In middle school I became best-friends with a girl named Maya,
And I learned over time
That she was just like Esther and
Had a shaky start at life,
But to the outside world
She stayed positive, sweet, and hopeful.
Every one she connected with, fancied her.
She always wore a quiet confidence and grace
That explicated the strength of an undefeated child,
But it took a while to get the facts.
One day, A survey was put out and it asked
“If you had to leave your child with anyone in this class, who would you trust?”
Everyone favored Maya.
She was different, there was something intriguing behind her faint smile
How could one possess the will to give so much love
When they never seen it in return?
She told me that she was adopted and
She’ got abused sometimes
And I’ve seen that she’s been
Damn near legally enslaved
Tallied as money collected from the state
From household to household, she was
Forced to take ridiculously cold showers
And finish unheated dinner plates, while living as a
Victim to neglect and
For some reason she never let those unpleasant experiences project
Or get the best of her, she remained in control of her emotions to the public
’ Not many people testified to her worth,
And at times no one seemed to be in her corner,
Even family tried to hold her back.
She was almost alone at some points,
Had it not been for God’s placing of people like me.
She continued to prevail, under the presence of blessings
Because people with her upbringing don’t typically make it out
And the ones that do, won’t talk about it.
Her story had been a mystery for years, until she developed the courage
To share it, to release herself of the pain, that she held caved in.
There is healing in the telling of her
And she grew to understand that
God will allow her story to also touch the lives of people across the world.
We can view our misfortunes and victories as testaments of God
Or merely coincidental occurrences
But faith lead Maya away from the effects of her past and onto greater rewards.
There are still questions that she needs answered
And concerns that she needs addressed, but life won’t let her wait forever
She is playing the cards that she has been dealt and fighting to prove
That there is value, in people who were brought up as she was.
She shows us that remaining humble, through trial
Often sets us up to be the vessel of untold blessings
If you take nothing from a story like hers, take this:
The situations that you endure during the course of your life,
May be tailor made to save the life of another person, be bold enough
To testify to the obstacles that you’ve overcome because you never know, who will be listening.