Weak Yet Strong

Activated - - NEWS - By Eve­lyn Sichrovsky Eve­lyn Sichrovsky is a univer­sity stu­dent. she is also in­volved in mis­sion­ary vol­un­teer work and lives with her fam­ily in tai­wan.

Nine years ago, I un­der­went a surgery that changed my life. When I was rushed to the hos­pi­tal with ter­ri­ble pain in my lower right ab­domen, tests re­vealed that a large gan­grenous cyst had rup­tured, re­quir­ing emer­gency surgery. My sur­geon as­sured me that I would be back on my feet within two months, and I held on to his prom­ise.

But af­ter I was re­leased, my health steadily de­clined as I strug­gled with a mys­te­ri­ous di­ges­tive dis­or­der char­ac­ter­ized by se­vere bloat­ing, in­di­ges­tion, nau­sea, weight loss, and acid re­flux. Many spe­cial­ists and dozens of tests later, I learned that I was suf­fer­ing from in­testi­nal ad­he­sions and other gas­troin­testi­nal prob­lems caused by in­ter­nal sur­gi­cal scars.

My con­di­tion caused daily dis­com­fort and re­quired a strict diet. I prayed and searched re­lent­lessly for a cure, be­liev­ing there had to be a “happy end­ing” where I would be healthy, pain-free, and able to eat what­ever I pleased. But with time it be­came clear that while I would grad­u­ally re­gain some strength, the reper­cus­sions of my surgery would likely be per­ma­nent.

This re­al­iza­tion shat­tered me. My sit­u­a­tion was so painful and bleak that I could not imag­ine what “good” could come from it, but I be­gan

1 thank­ing God for His love, wisdom, and the ben­e­fits He would bring from my strug­gles. Grad­u­ally, I found peace and courage to ac­cept my con­di­tion as a gift from Him. This per­spec­tive made the dis­com­forts much eas­ier to bear and also helped me ap­pre­ci­ate bless­ings I had not even no­ticed.

My health has im­proved some­what, but some of my post-sur­gi­cal con­di­tions are ir­re­versible. None­the­less, I’ve come to be grate­ful for these pains and lim­i­ta­tions. I’ve learned to value my life, fam­ily, and friends. I’ve grown in em­pa­thy and com­pas­sion for oth­ers.

I’ve dis­cov­ered that fortitude and re­silience come through al­low­ing life’s blows to deepen my char­ac­ter rather than dic­tate my at­ti­tude or destroy my hap­pi­ness.

Most of all, I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced how God can give strength in weak­ness and tri­umph in the midst of tri­als. Through my strug­gles, He has deep­ened my faith, taught me to de­pend on Him, and given me His abid­ing joy that over­rides any phys­i­cal dis­com­forts. As He promised the apos­tle Paul, “My grace is suf­fi­cient for you, for my power is made per­fect in weak­ness.” 2 With God’s help, Paul’s re­ply is also mine: “There­fore I will boast all the more gladly about my weak­nesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ... For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 3

1. See Ro­mans 8:28.

2. 2 Corinthi­ans 12:9 NIV

3. 2 Corinthi­ans 12:9–10 NIV

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