As many of you might have heard I’m having a second open heart surgery this coming April 12th. I was aware that at some point I would have to have this procedure done again due to a birth defect but was not aware it would be this soon. So here we are 9 years after my first heart surgery in Thailand now facing the reality of this second procedure. I recall very well 9 years back a sense of peace as I had my first surgery done and it’s this same peace I now experience as I face this next challenge. There is great calmness surrounding this procedure, which is far more complex medically. There is great peace for I know the one who loves me the most, my trust is in Him who created me and had me in mind before I was even born. I might not always understand the timing of things but I do know His is the best, not mine and so in Him I completely rest. I know my heart will be restored to better physical functionality but I also know there will be a spiritual journey and experience He will take me through which will mark my life, my spiritual walk with Him and a renewed vision for what is ahead in life.
This is the backdrop for starting this blog series-- to capture and share thoughts, experiences and lessons learned as I personally face this next challenge.
When God allows challenging experiences in our lives there are always lessons to be learned, I recall a number of them when I experienced my first surgery in emergency circumstances in Thailand. At that time, I ended up being hospitalized 50 days which provided ample time to think, meditate and wait on Him. In some many ways that was a turning point for me personally. Challenges in life are a tremendous opportunity to learn something new about ourselves, a new insight, a deeper walk with God, a fresh vision for the future, it’s a missed opportunity if we don’t. So, through this blog I plan to share some of these whether it’s at a more personal level or the work with Not Abandoned and the future ahead of us.
I’m tremendously grateful and excited for the entire Not Abandoned staff and team of volunteers. The organization is at a very good place, stable and with tremendous vision and a strong sense of mission for the future. It’s a growing ministry expanding into new cities and regions of the world identifying and helping trafficked victims find freedom in life. This vision and organizational structure is in good hands with a strong team as I face this upcoming surgery and recovery time. This reality also gives me peace knowing far well the work will continue operating with success and growth during my recovery period. I reflect about the numerous victims of trafficking who have been helped and who today are living in complete freedom, this is what it’s all about, it’s the bottom line, I pray God will allow me to continue with this mission being able to see thousands more freed from the bondage of oppression to a life of hope. I pray I will come out stronger than ever from this surgery with deeper passion, vision and being able to tackle greater challenges of helping those in need.