God’s Miracles For Him

The character playing me is Korean. It is for a book  I’m working on.

The Korean boy is trembling with fear when he hears Canadians speaking much faster than he can understand. His home is in Kangnung, South Korea. At age 4 he and his family move to Thornbury, Ont. He is confused, agitated, and so depressed as he experiences rejection and ridicule, when he has a really hard time learning ESL. Some of the classmates tease the Korean boy because he has a learning challenge called dyspraxia, which has created short circuits in his brain for processing and understanding information.. His mother was 36 hours in labour with him before he was born. The doctor wanted to do a C section, but the mother insisted that he didn’t.

The Korean lad is so so tired all of the time. His parents take him to doctor after doctor, but none of them can find the cause of his problems. Just before he is diagnosed with pernicious anemia(B12 deficiency) at age 38 he has over 40 collapses in two years. He is judged by his classmates and even his father, some colleagues and even some of his family as being stupid, lazy and a good for nothing.

The Korean boy’s father develops manic depressant schizophrenia. He just can’t understand why his father is Dr. Jekyll one moment and Mr. Hyde the next.

The boy sees his mom attempt to commit suicide at age 5 by hanging herself with a belt over the awning of the bathroom door.. He feels so helpless. He cries out, “Mom! Mom! Please don’t die!Oh, please don’t die!” Tears stream down his face in torrents as he wishes he had the ability to save his mother.

Just as his mom is about to strangle to death, his father cuts the belt in a moment of sanity. The Korean boy’s mother is choking, but lives.

At age 8 the Korean boy goes through the pain of losing his cousin to a drowning accident in an oil barrel boat. He is so angry at his mom for refusing to allow him to go down to the Beaver Valley River in Thornbury, Ont. The Korean boy shouts at his mother saying. “I will never ever speak to you again!”

The boy when learning of his cousin’s tragic death comes with tears pouring down his face. He promises to never speak in such a harsh way to his mother again.

At age 11 God answers the prayer of the Korean boy under the warm comforting wind of the willow tree by their house to free him, his mom and brother from the private hell of living with a manic depressant schizophrenic father. They escape from Owen Sound to Kitchener.

It is then that the Korean mother is reunited with her teenage sweetheart. They fall much deeper in love. It is a more mature love forged through the trials, tribulations and joys of life experience.

Six months from the time they are in Kitchener the Korean couple move to Toronto. The Korean boy’s stepfather is a purchasing agent for a major petrochemical company.

Through the Korean teenager’s high school years he has to stay up many nights past 2:00 a.m, because of undiagnosed pernicious anemia affecting his ability to remember concepts, facts , mathematical formulas, and dates in history. He just can’t understand why he is so exhausted all of the time.

The Korean boy’s persistence and dedication pays off. He graduates from Grade 13 as an Ontario Scholar.

At age 19 on a cold and bitter night in March the Korean boy is encouraged by a semi-retired Salvation Army major, who is working as a bookkeeper at The Salvation Army Bunton Lodge C.R.C. to attend a Salvation Army service. He is challenged by the captain’s sermon. A powerful and spirit-penetrating question from the captain challenges the Korean teenager to go forward to the mercy-seat. The context is that Christ has entered the streets of Jerusalem on a colt, the foal of a donkey. The question is this. “Are you riding the horse in victory or walking alongside in defeat?”

The Korean teenager is tired of living a half-committed life lacking in firm direction and purpose. Under the conviction of the Holy Spirit ,he goes forward to the mercy-seat. It will be the beginning of a life-long journey serving His Commander-in-Chief through both valley and mountaintop experiences. Yet, through it all He grows closer to his Lord..

When the Korean boy is 27 he goes through a time of agonizing grief when his mother dies of a brain infection called encephalitis. Just before his mom dies the Korean boy holds his mother’s hands. That clinical emergency room is as cold as the Arctic Circle. The Korean woman holds her son’s hands. There is a warmth and deep tender love that caresses his spirit. It is a special time to say their earthly goodbyes as God in His mercy frees the Korean mother from her unresolved wounding of living with a manic depressant schizophrenic husband.

Tears come flowing out of the son’s spirit and body. He feels so sick inside, so much abandoned. He is angry at God.

Yet, even in his deep dark sorrow God brings the grieving son a message of hope and abounding joy. When his earthly work is done for his Lord he will be reunited with his mother. What a day of rejoicing that will be!

The boy recalls with fondness and deep affection the love he possesses for his stepfather.
Even though he goes through a torturous period in childhood until the time he is 43 of his father,mother and stepfather having an addiction to alcohol, he thanks God for bringing his stepfather into his life.

When the Korean boy is 35 his stepfather collapses from alcoholic poisoning. He has a major heart attack. Through this experience the stepfather is given a much-needed wake up call to stop drinking.

The Korean stepfather dies at age 76 as a result of a lifetime of smoking. The CT scan written report comes back saying the stepfather has stage 1 squamous cell lung cancer. The stepfather, his son and family and his stepson breathe a deep sigh of relief.

Then, the tragic news comes. The lump of cancer resting on one of the stepfather’s lungs is not small. It is as large as a grapefruit.

The Korean man is devastated. Over the next three months he, his stepbrother and family see the Korean man’s stepfather die, wasting away more and more each day. in body, mind and spirit.

Just before the Korean stepfather’s death, as his stepfather drifts closer and closer to death, the Korean stepfather holds his stepson’s hand. It is a warm, loving sweet and sorrowful time.

The Korean stepfather’s son, his Canadian wife who he met at a Salvation Army recruiting sergeant’s Bible study, and the stepfather’ s stepson sing the Korean stepfather into the kingdom. It is a time of joy!

As a man of 50 he thanks God for all the times his Lord saved His life for His kingdom purposes. After all, it was “God’s Miracles for Him.”

About Dr. Kevin Osborne B.A., B.Th., M.A., M.Div., Psy.D. Ph.D. and Th.D. Candidate

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. Two years ago I completed my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) through St. James the Elder University. On Sept. 26th 2020, I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Canadian Christian Theological Seminary. These journeys were started over 20 years ago. In 1997 I received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canada Christian College & Graduate School. Between working and studying it took 13 years to finish it. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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