This post will be (fairly) brief – for ne, anyway! – as there was a lot of unexpected activity this evening that I’m still processing. However, I wanted to share a post here that hopefully reminds me and others about God’s care and concern for all of us – especially when our lives take an unexpected twist or turn.
Here’s what happened in a nutshell: I found myself in the emergency room needing three stitches on my left hand. Everything happened so quickly! Thankfully, I have no broken bones, but stitches were required to ensure that the injury healed properly.
So, here are the miracles that I’m able to recount with you about the evening:
- Through God’s grace alone, I was able to drive myself to the emergency room with only one free hand. I simply prayed my way through it and God got me there safely.
- There was hardly anybody at the ER! This was a miracle indeed. I was seen right away, and everyone across my path – nurses, doctors, x-ray technicians, etc. – were all incredibly kind and supportive.
- Instead of commercials on the TV in the waiting room, there were Bible verses scrolling across the screen. I’ve never been in an ER like that – have you?
- I’m grateful for a supportive mother who stopped what she was doing to join me at the hospital. I may be grown, but it’s nice to remember that I enjoy close ties with my loved ones, and that they are willing to drop whatever they are doing to provide support.
- And while my trip to the emergency room certainly wasn’t cheap (another bill is on the way), I’m grateful for the health insurance that I have! I didn’t have to be admitted, and was discharged within an hour or so my arrival.
- I figured that God had me there for a reason, so I made a point to connect with each medical staff person who came into my room and thank him or her for the service rendered to me. One staff member in particular seems to appreciate the gratitude that I expressed to her, in fact, she told me that “most of the time, people just yell at us.” How tragic! 😢 Sometimes, a simple thank you goes a long way.
God is faithful, and He is always with us when life – often unexpectedly! – takes a jagged downhill turn. However, I have hope today because I am still here. Things could’ve been much, much worse, and I am grateful that they weren’t. God’s not finished with me yet; in fact, His peace within me and presence beside me were so incredibly real this evening – even though I was (legitimately, in my opinion) distressed.
After all, as this verse indicates, the Lord is our Protector, our Shelter, and He never leaves us, indeed, He is always right by our side – especially when we are feeling scared. ✝️