I was a registered nurse for 40 years and a charge nurse for about 30 years. I had to remain calm, be able to set priorities and delegate. Dealing with patients, staff and other departments was never easy. In fact, there were many times when I felt like crying or screaming, or both. I never did. At least not at work.
You would think my training would carry over to other areas of my life. I would be able to deal with any crisis in a calm, logical manner. Critical thinking, use of resources, planning-need I go on? Well, some of that did rub off, but I have a confession to make. I am absolutely terrified of any electrical problems and any car problems related to strange fluids showing up where there shouldn’t be any or loud, abnormal noises.
No electrical problems, at least, not lately. Not the sparking, is it going to catch on fire, should I panic problems. Just had to take my computer in just after the power came back on after the ice storm. Not too thrilled about that. Need my computer and software working as I am a digital artist. No computer, no art. No online connection, no mentoring or art classes. Got my computer back yesterday. Working just fine, thank you. Happy artist here.
At least, I was happy until I moved my car and noticed a rainbow where there shouldn’t be a rainbow. On my driveway. One of those strange fluid leaks. Call shop and get emergency appointment. Drive car one block and hear loud (and I do mean loud) grinding and clattering noises. Stopped and pulled over immediately. Very thankful no one right behind me, as I would have probably been hit. What to do? What to do? Afraid to restart the car, but I had at least 12 more miles to get to the automotive shop.. Totally clueless and facing one of my worst fears. I did the only thing I could do. I started praying. I prayed all the way over to the automotive shop. I did not hear any more noises nor did any warning lights come on.
Did the sense of panic go away immediately? No. I fought to change the focus from how I felt to God. I was honest about my feelings. (God knows what we feel and think, but we have to admit to a problem before we can get help.) As the miles went by, I continued to pray, reaching out to Jesus as a child would to a parent. I am still waiting to find out about my car, but I am not going to spend the time worrying. I am going to go and do some digital collage art!
Below are some words from the Lord given to me during church over two years ago. I just "happened" to come across them in my journal while I was looking for something else.
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