“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
Carrie woke up from a lengthy surgery. Since her body had difficulty metabolizing medication, she often had wild and unexpected side effects. To protect her, the medical team opted to strap her arms and legs to her gurney.
Still suffering the effects of the medicine, Carrie’s whole body began shaking, and she felt cold all over. She tried to speak, but she still had a tube in her throat that hadn’t been removed yet.
She was terribly frightened and feeling alone when one of the nurses took her hand. Gently, the nurse leaned over and spoke in a soothing tone.
“I know you’re scared right now. You just came through surgery, so you’re probably feeling woozy. But you’re safe in the hospital room. I’m right here, and I’ll stay with you until you start feeling better.”
Instantly, Carrie felt comforted by the nurse’s words. As her tremors ceased, she felt her anxiety begin to melt away. She is thankful God sent a compassionate nurse to share peace with her in the middle of a scary moment.
Lord, when I see someone who is anxious, give me compassion. Show me how to soothe and comfort them, so they feel Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.