Psalm 91:14-16 The Lord says, “Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he is
loyal (know) to me. When he calls out to me, I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life, and will let him see my salvation.
The clinic on the edge of the village reaches out to the underserved. With very little staffing the nurse fills out intake forms, assesses symptoms, and provides education while listening to a new mom worried about her malnourished toddler. A young teenager is seen for abuse, while a husband is treated for a chronic disease hoping he can continue to provide for his family. Later the nurse rations out medication hoping to provide the limited supply to the most patients.
The day is long and the sun sets as the nurse takes the city bus back through the violent city to home. The ride is full of anxiety with personal safety a concern, yet grief as a witness to the disgruntled and neglected of society get on and off the bus. The nurse spends the ride reviewing finances, anticipating the coming flu season, and contemplating the future needs of the clinic’s patients.
Once at home the nurse wearily prepares dinner while helping with homework and coordinating the following day’s schedule. Finally, with the moon high in the star-bright sky, the nurse stops and sighs, “O Lord, where do I begin….” Before the prayers ascend to heaven, the Lord responds “I am here, my devoted child.” Unbeknownst to the nurse, the Lord has delivered, protected, answered, and rescued throughout the seemingly endless day. His answer has quietly cared for patients, opened the hearts of those with money, and brought wisdom to the nurse’s mind.
The Lord is active in our life and we have been encouraged through his teaching and personal strength found in Psalm 91. We go forth in our nursing practice knowing we abide in the shadow of the Almighty as a devoted servant of the Most High.
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