Surgery, Hope and Wholeness.

I watched a reality program on TLC, centered around 12 year old Marwa Naim from Iraq. It focused on her journey to get a new nose after a big chunk of hers was lost when an explosive hit her family’s home in northern Baghdad. She endured taunting from the kids at school and this journey would help in making her look normal again.
After a series of reconstructive surgeries by the doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Marwa Naim got her nose and her life back.
Before and After pictures of Marwa. Source here & here

My heart broke at her reaction when she looked in the mirror after the first surgery, she screamed and cried because her nose looked horrible. She preferred it the way it was before the attempt to make it better. It didn’t matter that she still had three more surgeries to go, all she saw was what she saw, a huge chunk on her face. I thought it looked horrible as well, but the doctors explained, that it would look worse before it looked better.
That statement struck a chord and got me writing this.

You’ve been broken and have had issues thrown at you. Have you handed it over to God? Gone to Him as the best surgeon for a reconstructive surgery? Well, if you have, it’s time to relax, knowing that He’s performing a reconstructive surgery on you… 
Maybe it seems like things are getting worse, instead of getting better even after you dropped it at His feet. You've looked in the mirror and screamed at all the things life has thrown at you despite your surrendering to Him.
It seemed like things were getting worse in the previous year instead of better like you expected. Don’t be discouraged like Naim was when she looked in the mirror the first time… In reconstructive surgery, it gets worse before it gets better. The recovery process inconveniences you and sometimes looks bad, but the end is perfect. You've gone through the pain and ugliness of surgery, you're now in the season of healing and wholeness and being fulfilled.
This year, your words will mirror Marwa Naim's words “Regardless of how hard it was to go through four surgeries, it was worth it.”

Embrace the joy of the New Year, the finished work of God in whatever situation you’ve handed over to Him. It may have been a hard time, but when He’s done with you, you’ll know for sure that every moment of waiting and distress was worth it.


  1. "it’s time to relax, knowing that He’s performing a reconstructive surgery on you… " This entire bloc entry speaks to my heart, especially this line.

    Thanks for posting. This is a note to myself

  2. Note to self, you are beautiful.

  3. Ok oo. We are waiting for it to get better. Thanks for sharing

  4. Okay o, i hear you loud and clear, its just so hard to wait .. Happy new year!

  5. "It could get ugly before it gets beautiful" Words of a song I've had on replay all afternoon.

    I pray He gives us continuous grace to be patient.

    Happy new year dear. I like your blog :)

  6. lovely post..
    the girl's story was sad and touching but so true in relation to what you've said.
    like i read somewhere.. 'a diamond is just a piece of Charcoal that underwent stress pretty well.
    most times, the raw products of something doesnt play well with us but just wait till its finished. till God finishes molding through the refiner's fire and its something with a sizzling aroma

  7. This story has given me a new sense of direction.Im glad to know a talented writer.Awesome!

  8. On point and Holy Spirit inspired as usual.

    THIS is what we "Christians" need to remember always especially when we are "claiming" all the prophecies flowing from the pulpit. There is ALWAYS a process with God and most times it does get real UGLY before it becomes Beautiful.

    Many never see their claim or blessings come to pass because there's little or no FAITH to still believe, love and worship God WITH SAME OR MORE TEMPO through the times of painful ugliness.

    Build your FAITH...Ceaselessly.

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