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Topic: WEATHER (07/19/18)
TITLE: Hope will overcome
By Caleb Cheong
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I have experienced the reality of this when my wife suffered from a ruptured aneurism three years ago. Imperceptibly, the challenging years of her recovery has taught me an important quality called hope, an assurance or conviction of things not seen. Hope, many-splendored, has helped me weather through such a difficult time of my life.
On that fateful night, I recall the surgeon telling me in his clinically cold manners, “ 30 percent of the patients would become a living vegetable after the brain surgery, another 30% would suffer severe mental deficit and 30% would not live long enough.” Determining to exercise hope rather than succumbing to fear, I consented to my wife’s operation.
It was indeed an enduring 25 days of visiting and waiting that I finally witnessed my wife’s transfer from the Intensive Care Unit to the normal ward. Hardly did I realise that the course of waiting has set me on a journey of learning to exercise hope in its different aspects.
Hope, as I have learned, is believing that things would turn up well in its finality. Despite the warnings given by the well-intentioned doctor, my wife recovered reasonably well. Speech and memory returned to her shortly. She could respond to me and my daughters as family. Relatives and friends have been amazed by her recovery. Trusting that she would recover had helped me to focus better on life, and learn to leave the unknown aside and do the wise and sensible things. It helps me in participation instead of resignation. hesitation and indecision.
Patience is also a by-product of hope which I acquire through her recovery. My wife has been teaching me how to relate to her and others patiently. Through her lens, I have learned to perceive time and space differently. Five minutes of waiting could mean an hour to her. She tends to expect promptness and quick responses to her requests. On returning home in the evening, she will inevitably ask me if we are going out soon. Patience invites me to step back and seek to understand her from her angles.
Hope is empowering. Constantly, I ask the Holy Spirit to give me the mental and physical strength to press on despite the situation declares otherwise. After a meteoric recovery, her conditions seem to have plateaued. I long to see her walking on her own but she still walks with her right foot resting on its toes or drop foot. Instead of recovering from bowels’ dysfunctions, she still wears diapers. She thinks and reasons as a child does. Nevertheless, I constantly encourage myself in the Lord that she has recovered rather well compared to the first three months in the ward. Therefore, I must persevere in my hoping for her improvement.
On reflection, hope is a many-facet quality. Out of hope flows patience, kindness, and empowerment. It has taught me to be patient, kind and to rely on His Spirit to relate to people and deal with life situations. Indeed, a very tangible quality that I still cherish. Although I am not perfect yet, I will continue to hone my skills in exercising this valuable and versatile quality.
Yes, I fully agree with the hymn writer.
“ My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”
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