PATIENCE. Hospitals are great places that are used by God to teach patience. Sometimes in some hospitals I think the only places in the hospital that move quickly are the ER with patients brought in by EMT’s and surgical and ICU units and maybe security when there is a problem like taking coffee into a restricted area. In regular patient rooms one wonders if the call button is actually connected to a nurse’s station and if “I will let them know” means just that or if a person will actually respond to the situation prior to shift change. Reflect on that for a moment. God does address this matter of slow responses in hospitals in the Bible you know. The Apostle Paul said, “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently,” (Romans 8:25 NIV). One time when my wife was in the hospital I shared this verse with her while she patiently waited on a response to her hospital room call button. I don’t know why she did not appreciate my theological understanding on this subject. So I tried another verse to help her understand, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love,” (Ephesians 4:2 NIV). I don’t think my wife appreciated my spiritual insight on that either. I came to the conclusion that sometimes it is better to be quiet when someone is waiting on an answer to a call button. Patience is a virtue and God works on each of us differently to produce it in our life. What call button is God using in your life today? I hope it is not the one in the hospital. Thank God for all hospital personnel today and pray that God’s speed may be with them. ("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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