The doctor was behind schedule, and we were growing impatient. The staff at the hospital had given Christopher stellar care, but we were still very anxious to go home. His ticket out the door depended on the surgeon's assessment of his overnight progress. Whether or not we would sleep in our own beds that night, all depended on what the doctor had to say.
Hospitals are inherently unpredictable places. Schedules can easily get turned upside down due to sudden emergencies or procedures that don't go as planned. Healing can be somewhat of a tricky business too. Sometimes patients don't respond as expected, and sometimes healing is cruelly interrupted by nagging complications.
|I can't hold my breath that long.|
|The sad reality!|
Christopher relaxed back into his hospital bed. There was still hope that we might get to go home later that night if everything went well. It was best not to fight it. Just sit back, relax, cooperate, and heal. Some things just can't be rushed, and this was definitely one of them.
As it turned out, a little extra time in the hospital turned out to have an "up" side The nursing staff had orders to check Christopher's vitals, manage his pain, and assess his surgical sites regularly. Our nurse spent a lot of time caring for Christopher and helping us pass the time away with small talk. When she found out that Christopher wanted to become a nurse too, the conversation really took off to new heights. There was so much talk about nursing school that we almost forgot that Christopher was still a patient in the hospital and not a nursing student just learning the ropes.
|Tell me ALL about i!|
It was almost like Christopher was preparing and rehearsing for his new future. A future full of real food. A future with a completely healed and intact abdomen, and a future that included a career in nursing. Something told me that Christopher would make an excellent nurse someday. His personal experience, his sense of compassion, and his healing testimony would give him a unique perspective that could be very beneficial to his patients. Whatever his future held, I was excited to see how God was going to use Christopher and the healing miracle that He had done in him.
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future."
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can pray like this: