If you believe that everything happens for a reason, that there is a destiny to things, even if you don’t believe in God, you should continue reading. Since I am going to assume that you have read a blog posting of mine before, I am a going to assume that you know God and I are well acquainted. (But, you know what they say about assuming….you make an ass out of you and me.) Moving on.
This summer I drug my way through a chaplain internship wondering how on God’s green earth was this going to benefit me? What was I going to get out of it? How would this help me in ministry? Well, there was the first part of the problem, the me and I statements that tend to rare their ugly heads. I was looking at this as a requirement for school, the final requirement actually, in which I was not allowed to work for eleven weeks because I would be spending 40+ hours per week at the hospital as free labor in the chaplain department. (Not a good attitude to have.)
I met death head on. In a few cases I got kicked out of the room, because the chaplain is the last person they wanted to see. But for the most part, I got people asking questions that I could not answer, such as why. Why me? Why us? Why my child? I saw suicide, accidents, cancer, and more dying children than one person should ever have to face in their lifetime. And do you know what happened?
I BECAME A BETTER PERSON BECAUSE OF IT! Before that happened, I had to get over myself, and my issues, and move on. Open your eyes, there is so much this world can teach you. There is so much good you can do in the world, and it won’t cost you a thing, except maybe a moment of your time. Each and every one of those people I was with had a story to tell me, even though it wasn’t always using words. I will think about that summer for the rest of my life and remember the brief glimpses of God that I saw in every one of the patients that I encountered. What are you going to change in your life so that you don’t miss the glimpse of God?