ďRejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.Ē
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Sometimes, God uses ordinary people in unexpected circumstances to speak to us.
It was one of those dreary nights at work when it happened. I only got an hour of sleep before working 12 hour night shift. It wasnít such a good day at home as I had to deal with some personal issues. That gnawing emotional pain continued until I met one of my most difficult patients who had her own share of anguish, only itís mostly physical. This was her umpteenth surgery for her back problems. She had some ugly complications from surgery and been so sick, but something I noticed was the glow on her face like a flickering light in the shadow of the night. Itís captivating to watch.
It was a busy night, but somehow, I wasnít in such a rush(maybe because I didnít have enough energy that night). Something compelled me to stay in her room a little longer and we exchanged conversations. I found out sheís also a Christian, who studied 2 years from Fuller Seminary, a mother of kids almost the same ages as mine. We exchanged notes on the struggles of being a working mother and all that.
ďDo me a favor, please hand me that binder over there!Ē She showed me a folder and on the cover was a faded picture of her and her husband during one of their visits at the Vatican. What amazed me with that picture was the beautiful rays of sun that shined on their faces. It looked like those brilliant, magnificent halos reflecting on their angelic faces. She said she was amazed too how those ďraysĒ got there in the picture. I gazed at it intently and was captured by its beauty.
She opened the binder and pulled out 3 pieces of paper with Bible verses written on them on how to counteract the attacks of the Enemy. One verse written in bold letters capture my attention the most as if it was the very words of God for me that night. It was from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Iíve read that verse many times before, but somehow that night, it was very significant to me and I felt that those were exactly the words that God wanted to tell me. I felt peace .
These days, I have that piece of paper with that verse written on it posted in front of my library desk. I read it almost every time when I donít know what to do when encountering lifeís twists and turns, peaks and valleys .
My patient saw my distress that night and she comforted me in more ways than one. Itís ironic how I should be the one comforting her. Maybe I did in my own little ways. She ministered in my heart by allowing God to use her in that situation. That precious time I spent with her blessed her too by allowing her to bless me.
Iíve been in nursing for so many years that there are times when my job can be such a drag. God also used this patient to tell me what I didnít know.That I am needed and valuable in that place and that time as God's angel of mercy. She said that she overheard from one of the nurses that most of my patients were waiting for me to take care of them again. They appreciated my care they wanted me to come back.I think thatís the best consolation every nurse wants to hear especially if theyíve been a nurse for many years. God is so good. He blessed me so much that night that I suddenly felt a surge of energy as I continued my duty that night.
God speaks to us in many mysterious ways. All He wanted from us is our willingness to listen. My prayer is that as I share my testimony, God will speak in your hearts too.
Gloria, what a wonderful testimony...My mother was a nurse, and she had some stories to tell of how she was able to comfort hurting souls. I recall once when I was a patient, when the head nurse came and saw I was hurting. She comforted me...That nurse, now 85, visited us two days ago. She has been a comfort to many...She is a wonderful Christian. And I know that you have blessed many souls too. You won't know how many until you get to eternity... There will be many who will hold out their hands to you to say, "Thank you for your caring spirit when I was sick."...God bless you, Gloria...Helen
I am listening Sweetheart, and I am hearing that YOU are an INVALUALBE employ that God uses to help heal and comfort His patience. Just like it says in Phil.2:13--for IT IS GOD who WORKS IN YOU BOTH TO WILL and TO DO for HIS GOOD PLEASURE. I love you, Sharon
Dear Gloria... It is amazing how God works in our lives - especially wondrous are the times we least expect it! Like that night when you were exhausted and facing another night of work. Well, God sure had something else in mind, didn't He? He used your WILLING HEART to be His Messenger. And, in the process, you were also blessed as you connected with this special patient and fellow believer. He knew that you both needed to FEEL His Love and so He provided what you both needed. You are a wonderful servant of the Lord's and I pray He will bless you abundantly in every part of your life. With love, SiS Peggy