The Emergency Room Visit

At a recent visit to the ER, it struck me that hospitals are the great equalizer of life.  It doesn’t matter what your socioeconomic status is, you still feel terror accompanying a loved one in the ER.  It doesn’t matter your ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, age, your anything, because there is still the fear, crisis, emotional exhaustion, grief, etc. in your heart.  At the ER you are not in control.

Which reveals the true question, who IS in control?  It clearly isn’t me because, if it were, I’d like to think we wouldn’t be in this mess.  Is it the patient?  Probably not because it’s doubtful they would choose to be in such a place voluntarily.  Could it be the doctors and nurses?  No.  They would have all the answers and the magic cures if they were in control.  Most people (visitors, patients, medical staff, etc.) would agree that a higher power is in control.

God isn’t just in control at the ER in the hospital, he’s in control of all the emergencies in life as well.  Whether it’s the loss of a job, the death of a spouse, a recent divorce or trouble with children, you can rest assured knowing that God is in control.  Even when you walk through the fire you will not be burned (Isaiah 43:2).

God told us that we would have trouble in this world (John 16:33) but to be in peace knowing that He has already conquered all the hurt and pain that this world brings.  If you are living in the bondage of fear, anxiety, stress, pain, guilt and shame, you can be free!  You can be delivered through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you are already a Christ follower, lean not only on God’s word, but also on your fellow brothers and sisters to help carry the burden (Galatians 6:2).  Remember, also, that God is completely committed to our spiritual growth through the trials we encounter.  “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” – Romans 5:3-4

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Romans 8:18 – I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fullfill the law of Christ.