When death hits in spite of many prayers, it is understandable if people say, “ See, there is no God.” In fact we experience such unreasonableness quite often. Yet, during my international organ transplant ministry time when I saw Japanese families, who came to the US to seek organ transplantations, but lost their loved ones, had tears being overwhelmed by the kindness they received as strangers in the foreign country, I thought I witnessed God, who is called “Immanuel”(God is with us), and became to believe God. God in the Bible appears in such desperation in very different way from what we expect.
The following story is from a Christian site, GodUpdates.
Chen was just a 5 year-old boy when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Sadly, just months later his mother, Zhou was diagnosed with kidney disease.
For two years, the pair battled their conditions side by side. Eventually, the tumor caused Chen to lose his sight and he became paralyzed. At the same time, his mother was told that she would never live a normal life again because of her kidney condition.
Chen’s doctors knew that this little boy’s time on earth was getting very short. They were also sure that his kidney would be a perfect match for his mother who desperately needed one. But his mother Zhou refused it.
Sweet Chen overheard his mother rejecting the idea, so when he saw her he begged and pleased with her to take his kidney.
As Chen’s tumor grew and he became eve more ill, he asked his mother to just let him go. Chen had the hope that if he died, he could help save his mother life.
With tears in her eyes and with a heavy heart, Zhou finally agreed. Her one consolation was knowing that a part of her son would live with her for the rest of her life.
Chen peacefully passed away on April 2nd, and this precious child’s kidney was given to his mother to save her life.
Chen’s sacrifice not only saved the life of his mother, but he saved the lives of two others as he donated other organs.
Matthew 10:39 teaches us, “He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
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The time on this world is a preparation to enter God’s Kingdom, where we live eternally. If so, Chan, who wanted to save his mother more than himself, must be there receiving a new body and the eternal life.
It is our choice to think;
Chan was not able to survive. Mom was left alone. How merciless it was!
The mother took a kidney from Chan, who had suffered enough. What a horrible mother she is!
God equipped Chan as His instrument. He became a grain of wheat, which saved three lives. He didn’t die in vain.
It depends on what we believe or which perspective we choose.
For me, who believes Jesus as Son of God, I see a stream of light in this seemingly gloomy depressing story. It’s all because He came to the earth to save whoever believes in Him.