A Longer Wait?
It’s an early Monday morning. I am sitting in the waiting room at my doctor’s office. I’m listening for my name to be called.
Then a new family walks in.
And I know.
I look at my watch on my arm. I mentally add on another 30 minutes. That’s how much longer I estimate my wait has just increased.
Because the young boy with his mom and siblings is visibly nervous. Like me, he is also there to have his blood drawn. He is not happy about it.
And if his name is called before mine, there’s going to be a long time of hand-holding and reassurance from the nurse before it’s ever my turn.
The Good Nurse
The mom signs in her family and sits down with two of her children while the young boy makes a dash for the restroom. He stays. And stays.
The nurse opens the door behind the counter and calls the boy’s name.
But he’s still in the bathroom. The mother says it could be a few more minutes before he’s ready.
I feel bad for him.
But happy they now call my name instead.
I get the good nurse. I’m so glad. Several times in the past she’s been the one to draw my blood. She’s so proficient at her job that I barely feel the prick.
Today is no exception.
I tell her so. She’s used to hearing this praise. But she’s still humble in her acceptance of it.
Be Good at Your Thing
We’re finished, so I grab my wallet and head for the door to drive home. But in the waiting room, the young boy’s name is being called again. With fear in his eyes, this time he’s going with the nurse.
If only he could understand how blessed he’ll be to have this nurse to draw his blood, too. I hope things go well for him and for her.
Maybe this will be the positive experience he needs to release some of his fear.
There are many things we can be good at in this world. God gives several talents to each person.
But on this morning on this day, this nurse being good at drawing blood might make all the difference to this young boy.
Whatever you do today, if you can, do it well.
It might move someone from feeling terrified to being glad to see you.
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