So many times we influence people that we don’t even know. Whenever I am in a tense situation, I try to remember that. Today, I think I failed :).
To make a long story short, we ended up in E.R. to have John’s NG tube replaced. Not a hugely big deal. But after an hour of waiting, the nurse said the doctor was waiting for the tube to be delivered. It had been in our room for about 45 minutes (smile).
Then, the roof outside of our room began pouring water into the hallway. We had to be moved down the hall.
After another 1 hour wait, the doctor came in to insert his NG tube. Inside the tube is a wire that is removed when the tube is inserted. The wire got stuck, and would not come out. An X-ray was needed. We waited for 35 minutes. John has a tube hanging out of his nose – very uncomfortable.
We paced the halls. We talked of the balance between a good witness and being our child’s advocate. The scales tilted towards advocacy. I told the nurse that I did not understand why he was not taken immediately to x-ray. He was a priority. A tube in his throat was involved. I had to cancel my lunch appointment for crying out loud!
Finally to x-ray. In the first room, the computer stopped working. (I swear I’m not making this up). After x-rays were taken we made it back to the room. When we got to the room, I gently pulled on the wire. Guess what, out it came. We left. I think the nurse is still looking for us.
Anyway, we try to be good examples, because there are so many people who need Christ, and they are looking at all of us. We need to be aware of those we can influence. Begin praying for that one life. You may be their best chance at life.