After a day of cleaning up "accidents", changing beds, feeding those unable to feed themselves and saying good-bye to a sweet woman.........I was exhausted and ready to say good bye to the day.
We have been working a shift that starts to get really slow around 3:00.....most are taking a nap or playing bingo or some other event planned for them by the nursing home.
And since we don't finish up until 4:45......the time drags miserably.
At the beginning each individual had a long list of skills they had to perform while being checked off by a teacher....but since we have all been checked off on each skill......... the teacher decided to hold a meeting so we could practice for our state test.
We met in a conference room around 3:00 and we began oral drills.
A state skill was called out and we had to speak what we would have done.
We did this for awhile and then conversation began to drift. We began to talk about how we each of us found our way into the program.
Some are there because they are on their way to the nursing home....and others like me were there as a change in career.
Our teacher who knew I was from Louisiana asked how far I had lived from New Orleans. And of course that led to the food and filth found in New Orleans. She and her husband (a pastor) had made a visit there several years ago. Since she knows I am a Christian she mentioned that while in the French Quarter she was amazed by the feeling of the "darkness" in the air. AND......we were off!
I shared about spending much of my early years there with Mom and Dad's ministry.
I was excited to find myself caught in the middle of a discussion about God..
And before I knew it the women were opening up about their pasts.......their relationships with God and how they had strayed. Now....of course our teacher could not say too much....but she did jump in when she could. We actually spent about and hour talking about what had driven some from church and how they knew that they needed to return to the Lord. The one conversation that I thought was the sweetest?
There is a young girl who was raised in a "Christian" home. And like many of us have experienced in one way or the other.....the authorities in her life wore the label but their lives did not match what they claimed. She said that she believed in God.....but had an open mind to other things. There was such pain bound up in her sweet voice.....my heart really went out to her. I could have sat knee to knee with her...as could a few others in the room.....and told her of the Love of the One who sits on the throne.
But since I didn't want to put her on the spot......I waited until our meeting was over and asked her if I could speak to her just a moment. I told her I didn't want to be pushy but I would like to tell her a little something. I told her that I wanted her to know that often we picture God in a warped way when the one telling us about God does not live a godly life. I told her that before God showed himself to me I pictured Him as some harsh, unloving God ready to smash me as soon as I did something wrong. I didn't want to put words in her mouth....so I just encouraged her to go for the real picture of God in the Bible.
And I asked her to ask God to show her who He was.
She said...you know my step dad has been telling me the same thing.
And of course I had to tell her......."He loves you so!"
So....it was a good day!
And remember me telling you awhile back about the girls being really ugly to the guy in our class?
One of those ladies was in our group.....and she admitted that she had drifted from the Lord and needed to return! I was riding on a cloud on the way home today.
You know we often want to avoid those who are harsh and mean......but they need the love we carry. I have been praying for her......and today God opened the door.
Please pray for the seeds that were planted today. Tomorrow is our last day of clinicals and then we go into mock testing to get us ready for the state exam. I am excited about what He has done and anticipate what He is going to finish in this time left.
Thank you for your prayers......prayers that were for those you did not even know about. :)
God is good
All the time
All the time
God is good!
He is faithful to complete that which He started!
Love you big time!