March 12, 2014

Helping hands

By Sam Carlson, a sophomore nursing major from Elkhart, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 121 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

At 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 20, I opened my eyes to find myself on the floor, with a bruised knee, eye, hand and elbow. Eight strangers with furrowed eyebrows stood above me, waiting for me to speak. What are you supposed to say after passing out in public? As if I knew these people for years, I mumbled: “Hey!”

Do you know where you are? I did.
Do you know the date? Oh no! I never know the date!

With the hands of these strangers, I was pulled up from the ground. Under concussion precautions, I was transported to the emergency department of the hospital. Upon arrival, my heart started racing – at a rate of 216 beats per minute. Not only was I admitted for a potential concussion, but a suspiciously rapid pulse!

I was poked, prodded, jabbed and stabbed with more hands.
Tests, labs and scans returned with no complications.
Unable to ease my heart rate, my old ticker was stopped completely and restarted.
It worked! My heart rate settled.

Though I was met with continuous misfortune throughout the day, there was always a hand. Whether it was a hand pushing a gurney down hospital corridors or umpteen hands lifting me from the ground, I always had a hand.

It’s important to recognize that a higher being works in various ways.
In this case, hands. Lots and lots of hands!

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 121 (NRSV)

Assurance of God’s Protection
A Song of Ascents.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and for evermore.

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Comments (7)

  1. Thank you Sam, this was my Mother’s favorite Psalm…..Amen.

    Mary Hughes March 12, 2014 |
  2. What a timeless message. I read you loud and clear here in Akron, PA. as I await some lab test results! Edgar Stoesz

    Edgar Stoesz

    Edgar Stoesz March 12, 2014 |
  3. Grateful that many helping hands and Psalm 121 ministered to you, Sam. This was always our parting Psalm read together, if a member of the family was leaving for a short or a protracted period of time. Wilma

    Wilma Shank March 12, 2014 |
  4. So grateful that all those hands were there for you, hands of Divine Love helping you along. May we all be open to being those hands… Thank you, Sam.

    gwen March 12, 2014 |
  5. Welcome back. Thanks for your inspiration.

    jerry March 12, 2014 |
  6. Thanks, Sam, for sharing your story and your sense of the work of God in the care given you. May you have many fulfilling days in health care and a sense always that God is workiing rhrough you.

    Norm Morford March 12, 2014 |
  7. My husband suffered a concussion a few years ago and now he has a broken wrist. He appreciated this meditation.

    Sherri Michalovic March 13, 2014 |