As health care workers we have dedicated our gifts and talents to caring for the sick, the disabled and the mentally ill. Our nursing service is a calling or ministry, with God equipping us to care for his children. As Christians, we have joy and confidence in knowing we are doing the Lord’s work.
Yet, even with the blessing of serving the Lord, we yearn for a time without sickness, disease, and death. Our yearning is fulfilled in heaven as described in Revelation 21:4, “Jesus will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
In addition to seeing Jesus face-to-face and loved ones who have gone before me, I am excited to go to a place where there are no hospitals, no clinics, and no nurses! Hallelujah! We will suddenly be unemployed and our services will no longer be needed. This is the good news of the gospel for our patients, their families and for all health care workers. Someday, there will come a time when healthy bodies, minds and souls will live for eternity without the fear of disease, the heartbreak of disability, nor the slow deterioration of aging (1 Corinthians 15:52-55).
We do not know what the Lord has planned for us; however, we do know we can anticipate an eternity without the need for nurses!
This is my prayer for you from Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Amen!
Carrie Dameron, MSN, RNBC, who is a regular contributor for Nurses Christian Fellowship International and Journal of Christian Nursing. She provides resources for Christian nursing on her blog http://blog.carriedameron.com/.