Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.
The year 2010 was a time of incredible growth in my life. I learned that there are no accidents or coincidences; that in fact, we experience events during this journey called life for a specific purpose. These events may trigger personal growth, increase in faith, lessons in patience, acceptance of change, love for others or building courage to face fear. I would like to share some of the amazing gifts that I have received over the past year. I pray that as you read about what God has done in my life it causes you to stop and reflect on events that some may consider just coincidental with a new appreciation.
April 26, 2010 was a beautiful spring Monday morning. It started as usual with a quick breakfast bar and a short trip to my office. I’m a nurse practitioner at a cancer center treating those going through breast cancer. I work with a physician on Monday mornings and typically do not see my own patients. This particular day I was surprised to see that a patient was scheduled to see me at 10:00AM. The morning was moving along and my patient was roomed right on time. It was 9:58AM. I reviewed her records and was ready to enter the room when my pager went off. The number was my husband’s cell phone (he NEVER calls me at work) so I quickly returned the call. Greg answered on the 2nd ring, I could tell his voice was shaken – he told me that he had just lost his job. I was in shock after 32 years of dedicated service it was over in a moment. He calmly said, “Lori, I have peace – I don’t know what the future holds but we will be OK”. I couldn’t move. I gathered my thoughts and walked into my patient’s room; before I could speak she asked if everything was alright. I couldn’t answer. She took my hands and started praying – we had never spoken about faith!
She said that she had tried to schedule an appointment for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday when I normally see patients but the scheduler insisted that the only time available was Monday at 10:00AM.
Coincidence, I don’t think so! She told me that she was supposed to be there at that specific time to pray and lift up my husband and my family – she said, “there is a purpose to every situation – God is in control”.
She left the clinic and I shook at the power of God in our daily lives. That precious Christian was there to help ME see the love of God in the middle of a life-changing storm.
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