I was saddened beyond words when Marissa Cuba, my ex-colleague in Brunei, sent me a SMS informing me that my ex-colleague Sophia Tan’s condition seems to have taken a turn for the worse. I thought she was recovering well as she has so much strength and faith. Her cancer has gone into remissions a few times only to relapse after a couple of years.
Sophia is one lady that I have great admiration and respect for. Despite her trials and tribulations, she always maintains a sunny disposition and her faith in the Lord never wavers. She trusts the Lord with all her heart and never asks “Lord, why me?”
She has a heart of gold, always reaching out to touch the lives of others. I will always remember the time during one of our company’s family days in Brunei when the company staff and their families went for a hash through a dense jungle. I have never exercised so I was soon so tired and breathless that I really feared that I might have a heart attack or collapse in the jungle. Seeing my condition, Sophia was very concerned and stayed behind me for the rest of the hash, encouraging to rest whenever I felt that I could not go on any further. Without her by my side on that occasion, I really would have panicked.
Sophia, I know you can do this. Having cancer isn’t fun. You’re going to face some difficult times, but I know you can do this. You’re strong. And you are never alone with God by your side.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, you always bring your own sunshine. You know how to turn your face to the sun so that the shadows fall behind you. You are truly a courageous woman.
When I look at you this is what I see…a woman of strength… a woman with a heart which can’t be eroded through adversity….a woman who is a shining beacon and inspiration to a lot of people.
I understand the battle you’re fighting is not just for you, but for everyone who loves you. Keep faith as your sword and faith as your shield, then you will triumph.
Life is so challenging right now, but you will conquer this. You have pain now, I know, but I also believe that it will not last forever. One day it will be the measuring stick by which you measure your joy and happiness.
Sophia, I dedicate this to you: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)