Inspired by God or not.
Some two years ago the daughter of a good friend was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. She underwent the usual treatment for cancer and was eventually given a clean bill of health some eighteen months later.
Claudine was and still is a committed Christian and throughout her ordeal continued to worship and give thanks to God for her recovery. Her Face book page is littered with messages by her and from her community of friends thanking God for being merciful and sparing her life.
Her strength and belief in Gods healing powers has never wavered. She has become an inspiration to family and friends.
I can find no source or acknowledgment on her Face Book page which attributes her recovery to medical science. In fact her father recently, in a conversation, claimed that doctors were prolonging her treatment just to make money.
Claudine is an intelligent girl with a degree to her name and a successful practice. She is married and has a son.
After having been given a clean bill of health, Claudine and her husband, decided on having another baby. With the consent of her doctors Claudine fell pregnant only to have the fetus aborted two months into the pregnancy as a result of her being re diagnosed with the very same cancer. She has spent the last eight months in out of hospital and is now undergoing stem cell treatment. She is frail and the aggressive treatment being applied has had an enormous impact on her and her family.
Despite the setback Claudine’s faith in God, has still not wavered and never questions or asks why. Still no acknowledgement that perhaps medical science is the result she has survived and not her belief in God.
A recent post by her on Face book whilst undergoing stem cell treatment reads as follows. “God gives His toughest battles to His toughest soldiers!”
Claudine has a younger sister who is physically challenged has been confined to the use of a wheelchair for most of her life.
This family, in my opinion, should be questioning God for heaping on them this endless cycle of pain, and yet, do not.
They are committed Christians with a deeply embedded belief in God.
On the other side of the spectrum, I had an acquaintance that by profession was an actuary and lived a life void of most family ties. Had not spoken to her sister in years and spent her adult life taking care of her elderly mother.
Veronica was also diagnosed with cancer and quietly accepted her fate as being terminally ill with the possibility of death, sooner than later. Three months into her treatment she passed away after having made amends with her sister. She died in her brothers arms, at home, with no mention of God. She had no confidence that medical science would heal her and simply believed that her time had come.
Two very beautiful people on opposite sides of the belief scale.
In conclusion, I have another friend who has been blind since birth. He is a second year varsity student studying law. Ari already has a completed degree to his name.
A recent posting of his on Face Book reads - “The old testament god couldn't stand that a disabled person serve as his priest. what barbaric savages the people who invented him were.”
Ari is severely depressed has no faith in God and or that medical science will ever help him with his sight. Ari has an elder brother whose wife recently gave birth to twins and he has now been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. A disease their grandmother died of. Whilst their parents have a belief in God they do not.
My question is. What is it that keeps Claudine happy, alive and fulfilled every day of her life despite the challenges she faces? Is it simply her biological makeup or can we assume that God has a hand in her life because of her belief in him that was not evident in Veronica’s life and also not present in Ari’s life.
The characters in my story are not fictional.