Written by guest author Martha Fernández Moyano, this article was first published on the NCFI Cares blog.
Sometimes I feel like you--that a strong storm has been unleashed upon the boat in which I am riding through life. The waves are so high that I fear my boat will tip over and I’ll drown. Is it possible to believe that, faced with this impetus of nature, our weak beings can survive? Or more than survive?
Many times, the economic waves of the world want to drown nursing and remove us from the system. Other times, waves of pain from an illness seem to throw us hard to the very doors of heaven. Sometimes the wave is a lack of ethics and morals that seem determined to destroy those of us who have Christian values and believe that God created us in his image.
Then we remember: Antagonist forces can kill the body, but they will never take captive the soul that is in the hands of God (Matthew 10:28).
And what about the wave of depression that’s afflicting children and young people? These vulnerable ones search for solutions in a broken social system. Hopeless and lost, these young ones choose to escape from this life because they don´t know how to continue.
Yet nurses don´t give in to these forces. We work with all the tools of knowledge, with all the means of technology that help us make the load easier. We also need internal tools to deal with this storm. Those of us who have reached the end of the race know that the storm will pass. The Lord is the only one who can hold the storm back, reprove the winds of destruction, and show us that even today he has dominion over nature and above all things. Paul asks in Romans 8:35, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, shall anguish, or nakedness? Then he affirms our hope in verses 37-39: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Our hope is in God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. You and I must hold onto the Lord, our Shepherd (Psalm 23). When we hold on to him, we are held by his peace that passes all human understanding (Philippians 4:6-7).
May we live and work with the certainty that the peace of Christ is holding us in the storm.
Nurse Martha Fernández Moyano lives in Argentina and is an NCFI International Board Member. NCFI is a worldwide sister organization with NCF, connecting Christian nurses and midwives around the world.
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