A few weeks ago, my mom was in the hospital because of complications with pneumonia. I’m happy to tell you that she’s no longer in the hospital and her health has improved drastically. God is good! But during her time in the hospital, she had interactions with many different people, and on one of the mornings that I came to visit her, she shared a quick story with me.
Now keep in mind, the only thing separating my mom from a chaotic and overly-crowded ER was a thin curtain, and the curtain didn’t completely cover her space. That means my mom heard and saw a lot of things, probably more than she cared to hear or see, and she wasn’t getting much sleep.
The previous evening, mom said she felt one of the nurses was just “looking busy.” The nurse would work on the computer as other staff walked by, but then as soon as nobody was watching, she’d be looking at her phone.
My mom was playing music from our WAY-FM app at the time, but there was no wall to separate the sound. Apparently this nurse could hear it, because no sooner that my mom started thinking to herself, “Hey, this nurse should be helping out. It’s a busy night,” God walked her right into my mom’s space. The nurse raved about the music and she asked about it. My mom told her that it was Christian music from WAY-FM, and showed her the app.
Apparently, the nurse had just moved from the Carolinas for her new position at Lee Memorial. She also had recently dealt with some backlash from her family over choosing to change from her Catholic background to a contemporary, non-denominational setting when she arrived in Southwest Florida. I don’t know about you, but I can believe that not having help and support after moving to a new state, especially in the immediate days and weeks after you move there, is pretty difficult.
And so what did God do? He brought the nurse and my mom together with worship music, and a beautiful interaction took place.
Although the conversation between my mom and the nurse wasn’t long, it was meaningful. It served a purpose. For my mom, it was a chance to share Jesus with someone, even while she was sick. For the nurse, it was an opportunity to grow more comfortable in her new setting, and receive Jesus’ love through music and great conversation. I can imagine it probably also helped her to find solace in the middle of a scary new journey.
Neither the nurse nor my mom could have seen that coming. That’s the beauty of the way our God works, even in tough situations.
In the middle of chaos (it’s an ER…c’mon, y’all), God worked things together for good. He worked out His plan, according to His will, in His way. And, God brought two people together over His music. There’s no coincidence there.
Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
Are you trusting your Father…FULLY trusting? Do you believe He’s up to something good, even when you don’t see it coming?
There’s an incredible amount of peace that comes from knowing YOU are not the one in control.