Wednesday, June 6, 2012

the Great Physician!

well, i'm on the front side of a five-day stretch off of work. 
and let's just say, i'm pretty stoked.

i just worked a four day stretch and some overtime.
phew, i'm tired.
but a good tired.
a fulfilled tired.

it was the most consistently busy shifts i've had in a long time,
but it felt really good  to be so productive.

all of my patients were pretty sick.
it broke my heart to see them suffering 
despite my efforts to help them.

one of  my guys had fairly advanced lung cancer.
and pneumonia on top of that. 
and had hypoglycemia in the morning.
and an irregular heart rate that required some intervention.
and we were ruling out tuberculosis.
sick, yea?

a couple nights ago we were transfering him and 
i noticed a Bible in his room.
i said, huh, interesting, but didn't pursue it any farther.

well, every shift i worked with this man, his heart would go into this irregular rhythm.
his heart would go really, really fast and 
we had to get it to slow down.
every time this happened, i followed protocol to 
slow down his heart beat.

but this morning, something changed.
his heart rhythm kept changing from regular rhythm to this accelerated rhythm.
and even though i was following protocol, it wasn't working.

i was just sitting there talking with him,
(we were kinda bff after four shifts),
and i saw the Bible.
the Spirit impressed upon my heart to pray for this man.
to pray that the Lord would heal this irregular rhythm.

i tried to say no; the medication should be working, right?
why can't i just learn to be obedient?
the urging to pray for this man was too strong *thankfully*
and so i asked if i could pray for him.
he was ridiculously receptive.
as i was praying for him, his heart rate slowed down and returned to a normal rhythm. 
and it stayed there for the rest of my shift.

doesn't the Lord blow your mind?!
one simply act of obedience can do so much!
i am always amazed that the Lord uses me, his most stubborn child, to reveal Himself to others.
what a privilege!!

 "Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy"

Psalm 103:2-4


{cuppakim} said...

i love this.
amidst the miracles of modern medicine the Lord has given, he still shows himself with blatant miracles as well. He is good.

Holly Stavness said...

wow! cindy that is incredible! the Lord is so good! awesome story! thanks for being a nurse...i know it's a tough job.

Jamie Skaates said...

God is SO good. Why must we be stubborn when he always shows up and does awesome things like that?! Such a reminder to always be obedient and expect Him to do great things.

Kimberlee said...

WWWOOOOOWWW!! God is amazing!!! I should expect Him to do those kinds of things all the time. Thanks for sharing :)