Things that mattered then

Yesterday I was the EMT on an ambulance call for a 90 year old woman who was injured in a ground level fall. When caring for folks in the back of the ambulance, there are EMT assessments and protocols I have to follow and perform. Sometimes on shorter rides, getting them all done is a challenge. Other times on a little longer rides there is some extra time. On this particular call it was a 20 minute ride to the hospital so we had some extra time.

I almost always ask the patient if they would like for me to pray with them and they almost always answer in the affirmative. Yesterday after I prayed with this person they began crying. Upon my inquiry,the patient told me of a family member who was having some serious medical problems and procedures. We prayed again, this time for the loved one.

The entire situation, with the person’s fall and age, and the health problem of the loved one, made me think about the possibility of living to an old age. When I do, I am reminded that the things that stress me so today will not be worth remembering then. I am certain that this patient was not at this time, not probably ever, thinking about a dispute they had at work 30 years ago. They were not bothered by an article they read in the paper 10 years ago. And really, whatever age any of us are, we can say the same. That “D” in my WVU chemistry class in 1980 was so demoralizing (and deserved) at the time, but 40 years later does not matter.

Yesterday’s ambulance ride was a reminder that one day, there will be no more tears and no more pain and every trial and tribulation any of us go through on earth will fade away. As the new Casting Crowns song (about the death of a loved one) goes, “There’ll be no such thing as broken and all the old will be made new. And the thought that makes me smile now, even as the tears fall down, is that the only scars in heaven are on the hands that hold you now.”

Even as the patient’s tears fell yesterday, we both remembered that we have this hope…. scratch that. We have more than hope… we have this promise that as we go through the trials of this life that one day we will see Him face to face and every tear will be wiped away. And at that time we will realize what Paul writes in Romans 8:18: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Amen. Amen. Amen.

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