Witness In The Strangest Places

by Tammy Taylor

In dealing with a recent medical scare I was unsure of how to handle my anxiety.  Of course I had my husband to lean on and his comfort and strength were amazing.  But what do I tell my family?  Do I even tell them or should I wait until everything’s over so they won’t worry?  In having a casual conversation with my baby sister one weekend I confided my fearful story.  She voiced her concern of course and I told her “Don’t worry, I’ll have my little silver cross in my lipstick pocket”  Without skipping a beat she reached into the lipstick pocket of her jeans and pulled out a little silver cross and said “Take mine”.

Wow.

Sometimes you find witness in the strangest places.  The nurse had no idea how she comforted me that day.  What do YOUR actions say about your love of God?  #TaylorMadeRanch

Now I must tell you that in my family the ladies have a tradition.  When one of us is going through a troubling time in our lives whether it be with our finances, our children, our health, our jobs or any other aspect of our lives, we tuck a little silver cross in the small lipstick pocket of our jeans as a reminder that we are not alone.  My sister was obviously dealing with her own trials, yet she freely offered her strength to me. What a powerful moment that was, and I was immediately comforted.

Several days later during my procedure, my nurse sensed my anxiety.  After the doctor stepped out of the room she came close and whispered, “Are you a believer?”  I smiled and said, “Let me show you”.  I leaped off the table and pulled out my sisters small shining silver cross from the lipstick pocket of my jeans.  She smiled knowingly and said simply “Give it all to God, nothing is too big for Him”.  Wow.  Sometimes witness is found in surprising places.

Sometimes you find witness in the strangest places.  The nurse had no idea how she comforted me that day.  What do YOUR actions say about your love of God?  #TaylorMadeRanch

I’ve often spoken of the ripple effect – something one person does touches not only the next person, but oftentimes many subsequent lives that they’re never even aware of.   It makes you wonder who are you touching in your day-to-day life, and what message are you sending?  That nurse probably had no idea how she touched and comforted me that day.  She was just doing her job that day in the hospital, the same as the day before and the day after.  Yet she reached out and made an impact on me that I was very grateful for.  I’ll repay her kindness by passing her strength along to others I meet – I’ll never know the full impact I’ll make, but I’m guaranteed to make an impact!

~TMR~

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8 thoughts on “Witness In The Strangest Places

  1. Carol

    As a nurse I find your post to be an inspiration–we need to be willing to listen to fears, willing to encourage, able to acknowledge faith.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Awesome Carol, as a nurse you have a special opportunity to speak to a frightened heart. I know I was deeply touched by the nurse that reached out to me. ~TMR~

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  2. Texas Homesteader Post author

    Stephanie, I find the thought is true that sometimes the things that mean the ABSOLUTE MOST to someone can be a kind gesture from you. I feel like God uses his children on earth to help show His love. ~TMR~

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  3. Stephanie

    That is my prayer…that I’d be more bold in my faith so as to reach out and love someone who may be hurting and I not know it or who just may need and encouraging word to go on…thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Jenny. My prayer for strength was answered not with bold confidence & lack of fear, but with many loving hands holding me up in my time of need. 🙂 We still have a road to walk, but we’re not walking alone. ~TMR~

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