Last couple weeks, my father in law had many, many tests. The good news is that there is NO cancer in his lung! PTL!! We thank you so much for your prayer. God is Good!
However, there IS a cancer in his stomach now. So, he’ll be in hospitalized and will have a surgery in couple weeks. Please continue to pray.
This events makes me to think how our life is fragile and our faith is weak. Once our body feel suffered, everything suffered. Even a small part of body, such as tiny scratch, very small dust in eye, slight injury cut by a piece of paper, and even our emotions, tiny worries and small regrets. These things makes our whole body suffered. And, sometimes this suffering makes us feel desperate situation. It is like well- built Jenga tower falls by tiny, tiny suffered piece.
And, this makes not only one body suffered, but also the suffering spreads and affects to the others, as if the falling down Jenga pieces spread to the other’s Jenga tower. Although we want to encourage his suffered heart, we are also worried and suffered because of his tiny suffering. We ourself are fragile and susceptible to the others. “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Corinthians 12:26a)
However, we want ask to ourselves “Is is really suffering?”, “Is it truly desperate?” “Is it literally end of the earth?”
Jesus was crucified on the cross. But, He conquered the death and raised again. And, He give us a eternal life. “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”” (1 Corinthians 15:54)
We know that God already gave us the victory through Jesus Christ. We know this earth and our body is perishable but we have a promise for the imperishable life in Christ. And, we know our suffering is tiny, tiny suffering, although it seems huge, unconquerable giant. God never gives us desperation.
Romans 8:18 says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Thanks to God, my father in law believes eternal life in Christ. And, he knows the suffering of this time is not comparable to the eternal joy. And, he knows there is in store for him the crown of righteousness.
As in children’s hymn “Jesus loves me, this I know,” we confess that we are weak and fragile, but, God is strong. This is the most encouragement for us to fight against this suffering.
Therefore, we Christians “suffers, all suffer together” (1 Corinthians 12:26a), However, one of Christian “member is honored, all rejoice together.”(1 Corinthians 12:26b), Because “that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.” (1 Corinthians 12:25)