Emergency Room

Rejected by urgent care it was off to the emergency room. We were going to be in need of more specific imaging. The night before he had experienced violent shaking with flashing white light in his eyes. No one was home with him to call for help. When it was over he thought it was best to try and get some sleep. The next morning many of insisted he see a doctor.

We arrived to an over crowded emergency room. Besides feeling like we were submerged into a bacteria soup, the air was filled with desperate, unacknowledged people. We made note of people who had already been waiting for several hours for their name to be called. Everyone felt like their current health crisis needed immediate attention. The overloaded system seemed to ignore their need for help. This left me wondering about all of us in our desperate state not knowing about the gift we have in Christ.

13-15 My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours. (1 John 5:13-15 MSG).

This is a season of Lent in the Christian tradition. Many of us spend 40 days reflecting on the sacrifice, love and mercy wrapped up in the life of Jesus. We sat their knowing of this amazing gift, but so many don’t. What am I doing to show them my heart is different?

Truth is, sitting in that emergency room, I don’t think I looked or said anything to show the assurance I carry within me. I, too, was caught up in the wait and unanswered questions. We were able to stay kind when others fell to their impatience, but that was the extent of it.

We left with a diagnosis of atypical migraines, and I left reflecting on what I’m doing to show others the hope and assurance I carry in my heart. It’s a gift that is not meant to be kept secret particularly in places in need of hope. Emergency rooms are places where hope is needed.

How are you bringing hope to desperate places? How are you reflecting on Jesus in this time of Lent? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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