© 2020 HOLDING HOPE
One word that can change her life forever.
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The blankets were warm.
The lights were dim.
The voices were soft...compassionate.
She was explaining to me what she would be doing, showing me the screen and the images.
I watched as the needle went in, almost as if it wasn’t happening to me.
But it was.
And time stood still...
Thousands of us have been here.
Right here in this very moment.
Holding our breath.
Watching time stand still~
yet our life pass before our eyes.
Waiting for the results that are finally spoken.
And in the waiting,
those who have been here before us have two options:
To show that person empathy,
or to show them apathy.
To remember the fear, the anxiousness, the worry~
and to allow all of those pieces of our hearts to spill forth into our words~
or to thoughtlessly dismiss it because somehow you made it through.
You were ok.
But she may not be.
I remember both reactions in those moments my life stood still.
I will never forget the sweet compassion and heartfelt prayers of those who knew exactly what I was going through.
As that needle went in and I watched, I felt God comfort my weary soul. I felt the prayers of loved ones wash over me and as time stood still, I heard my Savior whisper to my anxious heart that I would be okay...
No matter what story that needle had to tell~I would be okay.
Because He is my Father and even if I lost my very life, I would never, ever lose Him.
And if my physical body had to endure tremendous pain in the process and I had no strength left to hold on~
I wouldn’t have to~
because He would be holding me.
And my sisters would be holding me. Holding me in prayer and compassion. The compassion of those who had been there, who remembered the 60 seconds it took as the doctor told them their results.
That compassion and those prayers allowed me the peace that passes understanding.
60 seconds that could change a person’s life forever. One word that could bring immense relief or heart wrenching sorrow.
So choose your words and actions wisely as you encounter a sweet soul going through the waiting. Remember exactly how you felt and what you wished someone had said to you.
Only 60 seconds,
but they could change her life forever.
Your empathy can tell them a different story.
A story of comfort and of hope.
A story of a sister who will stay by their side and a Savior Who will carry them through.
The story of peace that passes understanding~
No matter what story that needle has to tell.
II Corinthians 1:3-4