I was supposed to be working today. I tried to switch with several people but no one could do it this week. I was feeling a very deep need to be off today to go to my friend memorial service. The census on the floor was low, too many nurses were scheduled. I called my boss yesterday to see if I could get off to go to the service. She said I could be on call. hat meant "yes!" I am off. I got up this morning thinking about the service as I got ready for church. I was feeling kind of lazy so I did this and that on the computer as I ate breakfast. Realized time was getting away from me and hurriedly got ready for church and ran out the door. I was actually 30 minutes early. I spent some time looking over a few things I had in my bible and waited for the service to start. It did right on time. The music was great! Then the pastor got up to speak. It was then that the Lord started speaking to my heart. He revealed to me how a certain person in Show Christ love to those whom I do not like or feel comfortable with.
Then of course I started thinking about my own problems with my blood sugars, work, time and school. Then the pastor said something amazing to me ( not to me literally but to the congregation). How can I develop compassion? how do we develop compassion towards people? He lead us to 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings from Christ are ours in abundance so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
The Burning Bush! God never called me to a life of wonderful happiness and bliss. He called me to follow Christ! "Take up my cross and follow Christ". How am I to know how to show compassion if I am not comforted by the God who I am following. He never said follow me and you will be healthy, wealthy and wise. He called me to be a witness to the world of His love and compassion. I will have struggles in my life with my health, job, school and whatever how do I choose to follow Him in that struggle and how will I show His compassion to others!
Wow, like I said I thought I needed to be off today to go to my friends memorial which I am headed to in a few minutes but now I am thinking maybe God wanted me to be at Pointe North Community Church today so He could reveal the burning bush to me!