Our family has some interesting television habits. We never have the thing on blaring whatever the latest news cycle is or some random show.
No. If we are actually sitting down long enough to watch something it better be worth it.
Lately, my afternoon favorite is Emergency!
Do any of you remember that show from so long ago? Truthfully, it was even before my time and was in reruns when I was a kid. The show was truly groundbreaking on it’s premier season as one of the very first series to follow paramedics and doctors in their course of work. Drama, suspense, and of course vintage style cars are just a few of the reasons my kids love it.
But you don’t come here for show suggestions, do you?
Of course not. You’re looking for encouragement and I hope you always find it here. I bring up the old show because the nurse said a great line in yesterday’s episode and it made me think of you.
A young man came into the emergency room carrying one of his hippie friends. Obviously an overdose, the friend was refuting any use of illegal substances at all on behalf of his friend.
“I’m a nurse, not a judge,” replied the beautiful Julie Long.
So many times I feel the same way. People come into church in a messy state. Or they come to a parenting class or a Bible study in need of desperate help. Sometimes it’s very close friends in need of assistance. Sometimes it’s downright terrifying. In most cases, David and I can help because we have been in their shoes a time or two before.
The marriage is on the rocks. The kids are whirling out of control. Maybe the finances are causing challenges. Or perhaps the perfect storm of all three. And they’ll look sheepish or feel embarrassed to share their challenges.
I’m a nurse, not a judge.
I can offer some triage or give some immediate help. But as a nurse, my real job is to make sure you see the Physician.
The Great Physician. The Healer. My boss. The one true and living God who has help and healing for every pain, fear, tragedy, or loss. As a nurse, condemning or judging is not my job and it will never lead to healing a single ailing soul.
We are all in the nursing business as believers in the Great Physician.
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And remember, I’m not a judge, I’m a nurse. And the Doctor is always in.