A Peek Into My Life This Week
I spend a lot of time with my husband as he makes hospital calls. When I was a child, I dreamed of walking the hospital halls as a nurse. The Lord had other plans, and now for all these years, instead of being called “nurse,” He’s given me the title of “Pastor’s wife.” I get to stand alongside my husband as he enters room after room to comfort and encourage. I have learned to love these times at the hospital for so many different reasons. One of those is that we always go to be a blessing, but we always come away having received a far greater one.
Yesterday was one of those busy days visiting at the med center. One of our visits included the former pastor of our church; a dear man who loves the Lord, His Word and His work. As I stood at the foot of the bed and listened to my husband minister to this former pastor, the Lord revealed three important truths to me.
- I thought about how at one time this patient was the one standing beside the bed giving the comfort. Now instead, he is listening, drinking in and receiving the encouragement from God’s Word.Time to serve God is short.
- I sensed this man’s keen knowledge of God’s Word as, even in his weakened condition, he made a connection from the passage my husband read in the psalms to one in Revelation. Time in God’s Word is evident.
- I thought about his wife, at home, unable to be at his side because of her own physical limitations. I’m sure she had ministered with him in years past, just as I was doing now. Is she wondering where he is? Is she calling for him when he cannot come? Time with our spouse is a privilege not to be taken for granted.
So while some folks loathe visiting the hospital, the Lord has given me a joy – not in other’s sickness – but in what they always teach me. What a wonderful privilege is mine to be called “The pastor’s wife.” I pray I will serve as faithfully as this dear man and his wife did. Then when the Lord sets me aside and I can no longer serve in this capacity, I pray that I will encourage others who visit with me as much as I was encouraged yesterday! If I take these lessons to heart that will be far more likely.
Of the three truths the Lord showed me, which one strikes a chord in your own heart? Listen to what the Lord wants to say to you through this faithful former pastor!
With love from my country porch,