Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Glimpse of God

Everyone once in awhile, sometimes when you are least expecting it, you get a glimpse of God. That happened to me today.

I went back to work on Monday after being out for chemo and radiation. I work in the NICU as an RN. The NICU, like many ICU's is a very high tech place. Lots of machines, tubes, wires, monitors, pumps and alarms. And, almost hidden in the midst of it all, lies a very sick little baby.

Today, one of my babies, who had surgery yesterday, started to furrow his little brow and cry. I quickly got him some pain medication and started infusing it. While I was waiting the few minutes for it to take effect, I put my hand on his little forehead to comfort him. (He was too sick to pick up and hold). I leaned in close to his face and spoke softly to him. I prayed for God to quickly take away his pain, comfort him and heal him so he could go home to his mommy and daddy where he belonged. As I spoke to him, he opened his big dark eyes, stopped crying and looked right into my heart.

And in that very moment, I caught a glimpse of God. In the midst of all the wires and tubes and noise, was a new life, sent straight from heaven. God had created this new life. "For you created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother's womb." (Psalm 139:11) He knows the plans he has for his life. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11) God holds this baby close to His heart. "And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them." ( Mark 10:16)

Tears of thankfulness began to flow. I was so thankful to be God's hands today to comfort this child. To be His voice to pray for him. And thankful for being able to witness the almighty, powerful God through the eyes of this fragile little baby.

God is not a God who sits upon a big gold throne in the sky, far removed from His people. He is right here in our midst. He longs for us to notice Him. Maybe it's a butterfly landing on a leaf, a colorful rainbow in the sky, the opening of a new rosebud, the laughter of a child. Or perhaps it is through the eyes of a sick little baby.

Have you witnessed a glimpse of God lately? If not, watch closely. Look for Him. He is here, just waiting for us to notice Him.


  1. Roxanne, you work in exactly the right job for you. Thank you for your post today. What a blessing to me.

  2. Yes this job is right for ... hope you are feeling well and not too tired after going back to work.

  3. wow....I just don't know what to say but "wow". All of your posts have been very insightful, inspirational, thought-provoking,etc, but this one..., I really pictured you with that baby...thank you for being you. Petra

  4. How disappointed and hurt our Lord must be with us!!!!! We are so busy looking at ourselves, listening to ourselves whine, seeing what others have and what we want. . . . and we miss those wonderful glimpses of HIM! "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face! And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!"
    The older I get, the more I see Him in the faces of those around me. Thank you, Roxanne, for the reminder to slow down and look for Him! I wonder how many of His smiles (or His tears, for that matter) I have missed?????

  5. How wonderful it is to 'find' God. Even better is simply knowing that He is always there. Thank you for the lovely reminder.


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