If you’ve known me anytime at all you probably know I am a Registered Nurse and I worked in ICU and Emergency Room prior to the job I have now. I miss it terribly some days, being let into a persons life at what could possibly be the most fearful, devastating, tragic moment they’ve ever had, is truly something special. I’ve been honored to hold the hands of many during these hard times.
Like I mentioned last week, this is how the Holy Spirit spoke to me a couple weeks ago and shared some revelation, I’m hoping it resonates with you all.
In the medical world there are plenty of jokes about how the Nurse “interprets for the doctor after they leave the patient’s room”, or that “the nurse keeps you alive the other 23 hours and 50 minutes the doctor isn’t in the room” etc. etc. I have to say, there is a bit of truth to those jokes, BUT not because the Doctors aren’t doing their job or what they need to do, but that’s the way it works to complete the healing.
So the doctor delivers the diagnosis right, the tough news, the devastating next steps needed, talks about the condition you’re in now and what needs to take place for recovery. Nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, CNAs, dietitians, etc. they are the ‘team’ that actually handles the practical side of recovery, that’s who you see in your room and when you go to your appointments.
So it goes also with your Spiritual walk, I believe. There are those that deliver the diagnosis: Pastors, Preachers, Evangelists, Spiritual Public Speakers, and Theologians etc.
The diagnosis it has to start with for all of us:
‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.’ Romans 3:23-26
Then there are the Nurses who walk with you after you’re given the diagnosis, you accept it and want the healing to start. These are the Life Group Leaders, Mentors, Prayer Warriors, Accountability Partners, Christian Counselors. Those that are walking with you intimately, that you’re open, honest, vulnerable, and authentic with. You must be these things first with God and also with those He’s placed in your life as safe, grounded, wise Nurses.
I am passionate to the core about not just getting the diagnosis but also the healing afterwards. Now, I am not suggesting in any way that a person can take the place of the Holy Spirit and do the internal work that only He can, because it tells us in John 16:13 that The Spirit leads us into all truth.
But, I can tell you from personal testimony that He not only uses people to accomplish His plans, we see in His word, but that some of the most Godly, wise women walked with me when I was an infant in the faith and it changed my life. Speaking healing directly into my deepest wounds and calling things out in me that I couldn’t see myself, holding me accountable no matter how hard or embarrassing it seemed at the time. These women loved me and knew me because they were my nurses, they tended to me during my healing and then you know what happened, they taught me how to tend to others.
My question, my revelation, is this — who are you letting nurse you to health? Who is walking with you in the day in and day out, the good, the bad, the ugly, the healed the recently diagnosed?
The ultimate physician is Jesus Christ and by His blood He makes all things new, that is the truth and He must be our head physician.
We also can’t do without the other team of doctors and nurses He uses in our lives. I get my daily check up in with Doctor Jesus, my weekly check up with the doctor (Pastor) on Sunday at church, and during the week I meet with the nurses (leaders, mentors etc.) in my life, I let them hold me accountable, speak truth when it hurts, call things out in me that I don’t yet see myself, we all need a few nurses in our lives.
I miss working in the ED sometimes as a nurse, but I’m so honored to be a spiritual nurse, to walk with women who understand their diagnosis and want healing. You have to want the healing for it to occur. You have to let Jesus change your life, He won’t force His way in, it’s our choice to lean into His healing.
So my encouragement is this, walk with a few people, trusted Godly people, let them speak into your life, let them interpret for the doctor if you’re so thrown off by your diagnosis you need a minute to recuperate, that’s what the Body Of Christ is all about!! Don’t go at this life alone, He never intended for us to do that.