How do you go from concern to motion?
We’ve got all heard about unattainable conditions confronted by well being care employees through the COVID-19 pandemic. However how do they proceed caring for these sufferers after they afraid of publicity? How can we confront onerous issues when concern takes management?
Meet Sarah, a doctor assistant in an intensive care unit. It’s her daunting job to deal with sufferers deteriorating from COVID-19. She is instructed to swimsuit up, not get too near the affected person, do solely what is important and get out. And Sarah has to do this whereas feeling petrified that she will likely be uncovered, then presumably exposing her little lady. How she match into the room with all the concern is past me.
Instantly Sarah sees the affected person is struggling to breathe; he is perhaps on a ventilator earlier than her shift is over. But within the shadow of these life-threatening details, Stacey is roofed in fear about her personal publicity.
Regardless that it may be onerous to really feel human underneath all of that protecting gear, Sarah stops and intensely appears to be like at her affected person. Then all the pieces adjustments. As she walks towards her affected person, Sarah can inform her affected person is near the sting. The affected person tells Sarah she is fearful of dying; she is satisfied she’s going to by no means maintain her child once more. With out warning, all of Sarah’s private angst disappears. Sarah realizes she isn’t simply treating a affected person’s medical situation — she is there to look after her affected person’s soul.
That’s what occurs when God’s stamps out concern. We will clearly see what must be performed and we begin doing it.
When Sarah walked into that affected person’s room, she felt her coronary heart uncontrollably pounding. She wished to get out of the hazard zone as quickly as professionally potential. I had these emotions many occasions whereas serving to my sick mother and father. Not realizing what I’d face took my breath.
Regardless of our loud pounding hearts, we go to sick mother and father, open payments with no paychecks to pay them, and sure, even enter rooms with COVID-19 sufferers. We will do that as a result of on its finest day, concern will at all times be smaller than God. We by no means enter a scary room with out Him. He’s the one who helped Sarah bear in mind she wasn’t there to evaluate a affected person’s chart, she was there to alleviate her affected person’s soul.
As Sarah took the affected person’s hand, she demanded that she quash each destructive thought, that she inform her lungs to work and breathe deeply. There was no daylight between Sarah’s phrases when she compelled the affected person to begin believing she was going to stay. Sarah instructed her to explain herself as a COVID warrior. There isn’t any manner these phrases have been born from concern.
We’re resilient throughout unattainable moments as a result of God is with us. What else may instance Sarah’s surprising surefootedness? God walked in that room along with her, even when she didn’t understand it. He knew Sarah was frightened, so He gave her the boldness to offer her affected person confidence.
The subsequent day, Sarah FaceTimed her affected person, who loudly answered “Covid Warrior Right here,” and profusely thanked Sarah. The next day she was discharged from the ICU.
Not at present, concern — not ever.
Patricia Cosner Kubic is a member of St. Mark Church in Roseville, and has been writing since 2003.
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