A woman of courage
by Cheryl Edwards
Medgine Mathurin is a woman who exudes strength in the face of pain. She is a woman of courage. Mathurin is 30 years of age, originally from Haiti, and moved to Canada at age 11, and is now living in Edmonton. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science. She was intending to attend med school and become a pediatrician but she was not sure if she was willing to make that sacrifice. She was fascinated in understanding the human body.
During her collegiate term, Mathurin had the notion that high performance was her goal, it was all or nothing; which ultimately led to stress and anxiety as a result of low grades. She was dismissed from the U of A and during her academic probation, she spiraled into depression and came to the realization that performance was an idol and that she could not separate her identity from her failures. Mathurin was re-admitted and through God’s grace, she graduated from the University of Alberta in 2012.
Deciding to re-dedicate her life to Christ, it was through God’s grace He showed her who she was in Christ and she finally surrendered to His will for her life. “God reframed my identity and demonstrated his faithfulness”, says Mathurin.
Soon after graduation, She was diagnosed with Lupus, a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. What started out as a wrist pain, led to a chronic condition.
Mathurin was told there is no cure for this disease. Being a believer, she asked, “God, what are you going to do about this?” She realized that God was shaping her faith. A testament of her faith came when a week prior to travelling to the USA, God showed her in a dream ten people watching her while she was lying in a bed and all she knew that was she had to walk with assurance. A week later Medgine was rushed to emergency with ten rheumatologists looking at her while she was lying in a hospital bed. Throughout this journey of enduring this hardship, she says, “God is still in control, and he was gracious to give me foresight in a dream”. Mathurin understands that through it all God’s grace is sufficient.
After a period of silence, feeling awkward and out of place, Mathurin discovered her gifting through writing and the spoken word. Ttaking her relationship with the Lord more seriously, He inspired her to write, which birthed into a poem. Once her poem was complete, she shared it with others, adapting an attitude of humility, realising it wasn’t about her, but that her gift was from God.
Mathurin’s encouragement to others is for anyone struggling in their body with a chronic illness not to stifle, or lament, over their grief. She adds that while people may not understand, that while we presently have a body, all of this is temporary. There is an expiration date to our suffering. The word of God is true above our feelings and our emotions.
God’s grace can sustain us in every stage of our lives even with the challenges of a chronic illness. Mathurin quotes 2 Cor.12:9 (NKJV), And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
For Mathurin, this is a season of answered prayers of fulfilment and feelings of blessings and thankfulness. Her desire is to give back and to volunteer her time with the Lupus Society of Alberta where she raised $1,250 in the Walk for Lupus Calgary 2019. Mathurin says they are very much in need of support and she will do what she can to get involved. She hopes to connect with others who suffer from Lupus and other painful conditions. She is looking to make a difference in their lives. With her courageous tenacity she will share her testimony through spoken and written word. Medgine Mathurin is not just a conqueror but she is more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:37 NKJV). She is availabel to speak about her journey and the God who sustains her.
To contact Mathurin for bookings: Medgine.ca, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @medgeemedge.