You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.–Matthew 24:6-8
When I graduated from nursing school, I was recommended by our Director for a pilot program in the town’s only hospital; two graduate nurses would receive a career offer in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery- NICU. The plan was developed to provide entry into a specialized area of nursing that was closed to nurses without years of experience. For those who have been in the health profession, since yesteryears are aware that the legal liabilities and ethical dilemmas that could arise from such a venture placed the program into a high-risk category.
Nevertheless, the hospital’s legal team and executive board, including tenured nursing administration, developed a fail-proof program that was approved by the NY State Education Department, which regulates the practice of the nursing profession. Criteria to remain in the mentoring program were stringent:
- All nursing care would be rendered under the guidance of a nurse-proctor.
- Within two months, the candidate would successfully pass the State Registered Professional Nurse licensure exam.
- A weekly evaluation reflecting the professional growth of nursing knowledge, judgment, critical-thinking skills, and observational skills along with excellent clinical practice.
Although the program was highly successful, a factor arose that was not considered by the team of experts or the Board of Nursing: The human heart of a newbie nurse! The acuity level of a newborn infant in the NICU is often hanging between the balances of life and death. Indeed, these are not infants who are born healthy and thriving. These are the infants who have arrived with emergent needs who, despite the best efforts, may fail to respond to even the most advanced medical treatment and nursing interventions.
For the hospital, I was a $20,000 investment–excluding my salary. I desperately tried to focus on the infant population that thrived, leading to their hospital discharge. Even so, I could not reach the comfort level to cope with the many infants who failed to respond. My heart was grieved, but I realized that I could not fight with death daily and maintain a positive outlook for my future nursing career.
For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24: 38-39.
Unfortunately, most of us are repeating the historical lifestyle choices of our antediluvian predecessors. We have failed to respond to God’s love, grace, and mercies. Biblical prophecies indicate that God’s forbearance and tolerance for humanity’s disobedience are ending.
The global diseases, calamities of nature, social issues, false teachings by false prophets, hatred, and those who possess the mindset of Pharoah have reached epidemic levels. But Pharaoh replied, “Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2
The decision is ours, we possess the freedom to respond to God, who has better plans for us, or we can continue to please ourselves. We cannot change the fact that we are created in His image and are loved as only a Heavenly Father can love. The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9.
God’s promises are being fulfilled. Jesus Christ is soon to return. Look forward to a perfect and Eternal life in the New Heaven and New Earth.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020