Hospital: A Depiction of Contradiction

An Orderly Place in a Disorderly World

Assorted characters, diverse personalities, uniformed staff pass as I stroll down the hallway.  My mind thinks of strangers passing in the night.

To my left a child is crying.  Nurses are bent over trying to console and yet do their duties.

Another left and a gentleman is being placed in a wheelchair surrounded by friends.  Hopefully, he is going home.

Ahead, a young man rests his back and his left foot on the wall behind him, phone in hand, the broom by his side.  Yet, I am thankful for I must pass into the room he needs to enter.  He waits patiently.

It is an orderly place in a disorderly world.  Or maybe it’s a disorderly place in an ordered world.  I guess it depends upon our perception.

Fast forward and one sees flashes of concern, bewilderment, laughter, boredom, distraction, and confusion. It is an artist’s vignette of emotions, an author’s journal in character study.   One can observe a vast portraiture of the human soul.

A hosital bench is a great place to observe human character. (Photo courtesy of Pexels.)
A hospital bench is a great place to observe human character. (Photo courtesy of Pexels.)

A Place of Contradictions

It is a place of contradictions.

The cafeteria helps to escape the silence, yet everyone is strangers.  Patient rooms are filled with silence; yet voices try to fill the void.

Private rooms never seem private. Doors open and close.  Another blood pressure check, and chit-chat rises and then falls with the closing door.

Patients pursue answers yet struggle to know the questions.

Professionals come trained to investigate, yet their examinations have no answer sheets.

Hospitals known for healing, and yet there exists such pain. Protocols meant to heal, and yet may leave one lifeless.

Visitors on a mission but find the patient has been dismissed.

A Place Sought for Healing But Does Not Possess the Answer to Life

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.”  Psalm 121:1-3

I may look unto this natural world seeking the help that I desire, but the help I need comes from the Lord Himself.  He has made all things, even me.

God is my keeper.  He stays alert even when I am asleep.  No matter what may come against me, I am the Lord’s.

Suffering may abound, but it will not last forever. It is only a little season and cannot demand its own way. God is the Great Physician.  He ruleth over all.

Gives Physical Hope But Does Not Possess Eternal Hope

Eternity is but a breath away for everyone.  But eternity for the righteous is an entrance into glory.  All pain and suffering will the righteous leave behind.

One never knows when he or she will walk down the hallways of a hospital seeking answers for the sake of a loved one.

Yet there is One who has all answers and His name is Jesus.  Because He is the Hope of the World, I can rest in His answer to my prayers for my loved one.

My friend, I hope you are ready for eternity.  Don’t let a day pass that you do not call upon Jesus for the hope of eternal life.  He waits for the call of those who seek His face and His deliverance.

Perfect healing may come on this side of eternity, but for those who cross through the shadow of death, only the righteous will experience perfect healing as they enter Heaven.  I hope you are prepared.

May we meet in Heaven one day.

©2018 by Peggy Clark

If you are currently experiencing health problems, may this Get Well Soon card by Artsy Bee be a blessing to you.
If you are currently experiencing health problems, may this Get Well Soon card by Artsy Bee be a blessing to you.  (Photo courtesy of Pexels.)


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