I walked into the patient room, he looked at me, and immediately screamed with all his might.
This was horror film type of shriek.
It may have been that I look like a monster being sleep deprived and without any coffee, or the fact that I was wearing a white coat.
This patient was a child and he associated the white coat with needles.
This pediatric patient and us have a lot in common.
We are faced with a lot of pain in this life. Pain that does not make any sense with our childish view of how things should be. We question God’s motives and at times question His goodness.
We are the child in the doctor’s office petrified of what is to come.
God tries to remind us with a poster on the office wall, with words such as:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him….”Romans 8:28
Yet, we don’t focus on the truths, we tend to focus on the reality: we might be getting a shot today.
Vaccines are scary for not just kids, even adults. If the shot does not hurt when it is given, it can hurt for days afterwards.
Though the pain may be there for a few days, we are now protected from a deadly illness for life.
But little kids do not understand this truth. They do not understand that now Polio is no match for them. They have eternal armor on against measles. Hepatitis can scram.
All the children dwell on is the pain.
We are very similar in our understanding of the pains we go through in life.
We must continue in our efforts to trust the Divine Physician and remember just how small our minds are compared to the love of God.
In this life we are going to be receiving a lot of vaccines.
What matters is how much we trust when we know the shot is coming.
Now is your shot.