Stepmother // 後母

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Coincidence, God’s plan or just one big lie?  Our brother Chung shares his witness of his stepmother’s journey through a series of mistaken diagnoses.
是巧合、神的安排還是一個騙局?我們的弟兄Chung分享他後母因一系列的錯誤診斷所經驗的歷程。  

I don’t remember when it actually happened, but one day, I had an extra mother.

Although I called her “big sis,” she is actually my stepmother.

We would eat together, shop together and watch movies together.  We even went to Christian conferences together.  However, she never believed in God, and faith was rarely a topic we would bring up.

In her eyes, life is made of every drop of sweat from your labor and choices.  There is no such thing as destiny or blessings.  In fact, what appalled her the most was asking God to protect and provide.  If you have done enough preparation, making sure that things go well, why would there be a need to ask for guidance from above?  To her, asking God to guide us is more or less an excuse we use to support our own choices.

She occasionally visited the Chinese doctor for health maintenance, but one day, she received a bad news…

  • The first lab result suspected that she had cancer.
  • The second lab results believed that she had cancer.
  • The MRI results indicated that she had a black spot in her body.
  • Four authoritative lab technologists confirmed that her body had a 3cm long tumor.

There was no warning, so no preparation could have been done.

Within a second, her world turned upside down.  Peace, joy and hope left her without notice, and what remained was a fear of losing control.

Two days after the results, she checked in to the hospital to prepare for surgery to remove her tumor.  This was a preparation that was completely outside of her original plans.

I brought the cross handmade by my mother to the hospital to bring blessings to my stepmother.

Seeing her frown, I felt sadness and worried and a fear that was suppressed deep in her heart.

When man is disabled, God is enabled.

My younger brother and I held hands with my father and my stepmother, praying in unity…

The evening after the surgery, she lay on the bed completely drained.  She worriedly told me about the checkups, the radiotherapy and all the treatments that would follow, in an attempt to predict a future she could not control.  All the comforting seemed to be no more than an expired painkiller.

At that moment, the doctor and nurse came.  Apart from checking her condition, they also brought another piece of news…

After the surgery, the doctor followed the standard procedure to send the tumor for lab testing.  If the tumor was malignant, another surgery on the lymph area would be needed.

To our surprise, the lab result indicated that the tumor was benign and did not contain any trace of cancer cells.  In other words, after the surgery, she was completely healed!

Is this a coincidence?

The first lab test was wrong, the second lab test was also wrong, the MRI was wrong, the four lab technologists and a doctor all made the wrong diagnosis…

But, I believe that God did not get it wrong!

After that, she asked me to thank all the brothers and sisters who had prayed for her.  Although she did not know them, she was still very grateful for their prayers.

The most pleasant surprise was that, while she was hospitalized, she also prayed to God and said, “If everyone is praying for me, there is no reason why I shouldn’t join in!”

Some would say that everything I had witnessed was merely a coincidence, that there is no such thing as God’s plan.  If that is really the case though, I would rather believe that everything I know is a lie.

God, I’m speechless…

記不起何時開始,我多了一個母親。

雖然,我稱呼她為「姐姐」,但身份上,他是我的後母。

我們會同桌、會逛街、會看電影,甚至也曾一同參加佈道會。不過,她從不相信,我們之間也鮮有討論這個話題。

在她眼中,人生是由每滴汗水加上選擇建構而成,內裡沒有安排、沒有眷顧;而最令人反感的更是求神保守。若然自己早已準備充足,事情已經十拿九穩,又何用從上而來的帶領?求神引路,或多或少是支持自己選擇的藉口而已。

間中拜訪中醫調理身體的她,某天,突然遇上惡耗…

  • 第一次的化驗,懷疑她患上癌症。
  • 第二次的化驗,相信她已患上癌症。
  • 磁力共振報告指出,她體內有一顆黑點。
  • 四位權位化驗師證實,她身體內有一個長達3厘米的腫瘤。

毫無先兆、不能預備。

一秒間,世界突然轉變。平安、快樂、希望,頓時離她遠去,換來的是一份掌握不了的恐懼…

在報告後的兩天,她便入院為腫瘤切除手術作準備,一個完全不在計劃之內的準備。

我拿著母親親手製作的十字架,到醫院為她送上祝福。

看著她愁眉深鎖,感受到的是一份憂戚,和一份抑壓內心的惶恐。

人的盡頭,卻是神的開始。

我和弟弟握著她和爸爸的一雙手,同心禱告…

翌晚,手術過後的她有神無力地躺在病床上,跟我訴說著覆診、電療,與及隨之而來的一切治療安排,為著只能預計而未能掌管的未來,憂心忡忡。所有的安慰,仿佛只是一顆過期的止痛藥。

此時,醫生跟護士到訪,除問及她的身體狀況之外,亦帶來了一個消息…

當手術完成以後,醫生按程序把腫瘤立刻拿去化驗。若然腫瘤有惡化跡象,便隨即需要在淋巴位置再做手術。

誰知,化驗報告指出,腫瘤竟呈良性反應,就連一點癌細胞也沒有!換言之,她經過手術之後,已經可說是完全康復!

這是一個巧合?

第一次化驗出錯、第二次化驗出錯、磁力共振出錯、四位權位化驗師跟一位醫生診斷出錯…

不過,我相信上帝絶不出錯!

之後,她請我代為答謝所有為她禱告的兄弟姊妹。雖然她並不認識他們,但心裡大為感激。

最令人喜出望外的,是她在留醫之時,亦有暗自向上帝禱告:「既然大家也為我禱告,我沒理由不出一分力禱告吧!」

發生在眼前的事情,與其說是巧合,我寧可相信是一個騙局。

上帝,我無話可說…

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