After the long summer break, schools became busy again and September passed so fast. Although the side effects haven’t changed, making various new commitments, I am getting active, also .
Listening to George’s sermon; “ Start a day with the Lord”, I now get up at 6 o’ clock in the morning and begin the day with a prayer and reading the Bible. God’s words slowly but surely permeate me just like coffee beans become fragrant coffee through a filter.
If I get near-sighted with cancer, which may never go away and can come back any time, as well as the treatments, which may never end and bring numerous side effects, I would be easily overwhelmed. Yet in front of such an enemy, the Bible always gives me courage, hope, peace and even joy each time I open it.
A Japanese girl who had a heart transplant at UCLA Medical Center 12 years ago at age 9, arrived in L.A. again recently, this time to study English. Yet as she ran a fever, she visited Dr. Kobshigawa, a worldly known cardiovascular specialist, who treated many heart transplant patients from Japan. In order to help their communication, I reunited with her after 12 years and with Dr. Kobashigawa after 3 years.
Dr. Kobashigawa hasn’t changed at all. Taking a few seconds to recognize me, who was wearing a wig, he reached out to shake my hand with a big smile. Listening to the girl’s heart, he said it was strong and there was no need to worry. He looked very happy to see the girl who has grown up into a healthy adult because of the heart transplant.
Reuniting with them, I re-appreciated the extraordinary experience of volunteering for the international organ transplant patients, and was happy, too.
“ Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many,” (Mark 10:43-45) says the Bible.
The ministry of the organ transplant was not a job with compensation, but it is now clear that God called me to serve the international patients and I am so glad that I could respond to Him by volunteering. By answering my prayers, He is also giving me multiple opportunities to serve in His kingdom again now.
The days of autumn are short and fly fast, but my days are getting productive again, feeling the intimacy with God just like with my beloved family.