Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It was like a moment on television...

Last Thursday night I was in the ER, waiting to be checked into a room for my hospital adventure. I was laying there miserable.

All of a sudden a nurse comes into my part of a curtain divided room. She apologized, saying it was just about to get chaotic and noisy in the ER. A trauma patient was coming in...

Not only did he come in, but he was on the other side of the curtain. Words like "coded," "roll over accident," "need more blood NOW!" "fifteen year old," could be heard in the chatter on the other side of the curtain. The doctor was barking orders in his calm, professional way. Nurses and aides were scurrying around. Constant bloody trash could be seen hitting the floor under the curtain. At one point, the curtain was partially pulled back, so a nurse could get something out of my side of the room... I could see the young man's hand shaking. For a split moment I forgot my own pain. I was in shock at what was happening before me. I don't think Kev and I spoke for twenty minutes while waiting.

I looked over at my hubby. He held his cap in his hand, whispering prayers for this young man, who short of a miracle would meet his maker that night.

I learned a valuable lesson that night. A reminder of how precious life is. It is all about our perspective in how we deal with what life throws our way. Do I think that young man was in the ER for me? No. But I can't help think that God allowed me to be on the other side of the curtain for a reason. There I was feeling sorry for myself, miserable with my circumstances. Yet, one look at that young boy's hand, made me realize somewhere this child's momma will have a pain that will take more than a hospital stay and a prescription to heal. The momma heart in me couldn't complain much after that moment. I think I stopped feeling sorry for myself and started counting my blessings one by one.

The next day, my pastor's wife said the accident was in the paper. A young kid, speeding, not wearing his seat belt, ended up under his car in a split second. Too damaged, that the poor doctor I had met the night before, could not save him. I still find myself thinking of him and his family...

I am learning everyday, that the things of this world are so much bigger than me. So many times we get caught up in ourselves (I know I do!), and forget the bigger picture. Who knows what tomorrow holds. If I have learned anything the last few days, it is to be thankful for the moment and the blessings in my life, even when the going gets tough. God is good. His timing is perfect. Keeping the faith is the key to peace...

Have a beautiful day, knowing you are in the Heavenly Father's hands.

16 comments:

Angela said...

The day that we had to rush Asher to the emergency in May...our time was a bit similar to yours..Eventually a 'trama' patient came in,,we had to be moved outside the hall...like you, we heard (and could see) what they were doing to the grown man that had taken an overdose...I looked over at Asher that night,,,his eyes so wide..I knew the man also that had been rushed in...I took care of one his children in my daycare...I kept telling Asher,,'this could have been so different for us Asher'...It definitely will be a night I won't forget,,,and it sure has brought home so many more times about our life here....Thank you so much for sharin Mich..it was a poweful post...

Kristin said...

I can't imagine how that must have affected you both. It almost brought tears to my eyes, thinking about your husband praying for him. Perhaps that is why you were right next to him? I bet his Momma would be so comforted to know that someone was right there praying for her son.

Angel said...

Oh what a sad story, you are right, it sure makes you dwell on your blessings and JOYs instead of your problems. I believe you two there hearing and praying for that boy and his momma was a God thing!! You guys are awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!


Love and Blessings

Amber said...

Gives me chills.

Perspective is an amazing thing, isn't it?

Love you muchly.

Angie said...

Thanks for the 'perspective' Mich. Needed it. Especially with everything going on right now. We're headed home to say good-bye to grandma.
Love you dearly.
Angie

Andrea said...

Yes, my friend....I am the sister of one of those young people who died to soon. Perspectives change as lives change..forever is a long time and it seems like forever until I will see my sister, again. My loss impacted who i am....in every way...how I parent..how I friend...how i witness...simply everything!
I thank both you and your hubby on behalf of the family for the prayers I know you are still pouring out for them. The prayers of so many people held me up those 21 years ago and continue to do so, today.
Blessings and hugs,
andrea

PS: I pray you are doing better, too!

Kari said...

Good post. I was talking about this subject today with my neighbor. There is more to the world then 'our little world'. I'm sorry for that young man and his family. I'm glad that you weren't in that bad of a situation.

~*Michelle*~ said...

"that God allowed me to be on the other side of the curtain for a reason."

absolutely.....with His infinite wisdom, He orchestrates it all.

~*Michelle*~ said...

ooooops hit publish too quick.

I will be praying for that boy's family....and you!

Kellie said...

Wow... my heart skipped beats as I read this. I can only imagine... Yes, puts life into perspective that we must cling to the Lord each day and thank Him for ALL He has given. Times like you experienced puts our worries and cares in a new place.

He & Me + 3 said...

Wow...That would have been just a horrible thing to see and hear. I am such a seatbelt advocate. Praying for that family.

New Every Morning said...

Very sobering and thought provoking.
We have 2 different friends whose sons were involved in boating accidents within the last month. Both survived, but it sure hits this momma's heart.

Praying you are feeling back to yourself very soon!
HUGS!!!!

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Billy Coffey said...

Wow. Just...wow. Great post, Mich.

Jules said...

What an eye opening experience. I think we all need moments like that to help us be thankful for our lives with all of our own little problems.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Oh that is so sad. I'm so sorry you had to experience that, but I know God had you there to pray for him and his family.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

I'm so sorry, I'm just now catching up on my blogging. I've been trying to be a good girl and stay off the computer more.