Like A Vapor...Here Now...Then, Gone Just Like That

“I tell ya, I have a feeling that he will start hitting his head again once he wakes up from being sedated,” confidently reported the outgoing Intake Nurse to me, the incoming night nurse.

He was talking about the suicidal man who earlier was so loud, crazy, and started hitting his head and punched the heavy metal door with his right hand. That there was no choice but to send him out to the county’s ER so he could be treated for a laceration he sustained on his left eyebrow and his knuckles that got swollen on his right hand. In ER, the doctor gave him a combo of medications to calm him down and make him sleep.

Confident as he was, my confidence was on my Guardian, Whom I sought before going to work that night. Knowing that I was always limited with things that were about to happen. While He already knew before hand. I remained hopeful that my pleas were answered even before things were about to occur.

I checked on the naked man. Naked, as he was very suicidal and not allowed to have anything to prevent him from using them as potential weapons to hurt himself. The wild man the PM nurse described was calm in front of me. He was answering appropriately. He was cooperative. He declined my offer of water. He was positive that he wasn’t thirsty at that time. He thanked me when I told him that I would monitor him all night long. The loud yelling was replaced with soft whisper-like answers through the slits of the metal door so I could hear his replies. The angry demeanor depicted from the report had a smile shown to me and even in the soft glow of the yellowish light inside the cell, his perfect teeth glistened.

“Sleep! Go get some rest,” I commanded.

“I can’t. But I’ll try, Ma’am. Thank you,” he softly uttered. I saw him get down on the cold floor. Turned to his left side and used his left arm as his pillow. Slowly, he closed his eyes. And he remained quiet all throughout the night. He never gave me any problem.

The PM nurse’s prediction did not happen. It was my answered prayer that prevailed.

There is nothing wrong with being confident in this life. But life is like a fog. Here now…Then…Poof!!! Gone just like that.

We easily forget that we don’t have a lot of time to live. We just don’t know everything that is about to happen. If we want to have a meaningful life, we must live each day for Christ! So that, no matter what happens, even if our lives end, then we will discover that we have fulfilled what His plan is for us.

“13 Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog --- it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.”
- James 4:13-16

So...now...what are you doing here still? Go tell your spouse, children, friends that you love them :) Give them a hug and a kiss. And spend each day as if it's the last. Lord, may we be aware of each passing minute. That every minute is so precious. May we not waste the time doing things that do not glorify you. Please give us the boldness to share Your gift of forgiveness to those who haven't known nor heard about it. May your will be done in my life, O Lord. Thank You for Your love and mercy. I love you Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

20 comments:

  1. Amen, "spend each day like as if it's your last". I like a song my Steven Curtis Chapman called The Next 5 Minutes. "I'm living the next 5 minutes, like these are the last 5 minutes...cause maybe the next 5 minutes is all I'll ever have.". Praise God for His provision for you that night and always. (((hugs)))

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  2. Precious. Not a moment to waste, is there?!

    I know so many people that have piled up regrets over things they can no longer change. I pray I never have such a pile. Rather, as is often recommended, keeping short accounts instead; and lots of hugging.

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

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  3. AMEN! We all should live life like there will be NO tomorrow here on earth. Tomorrow in eternity will be a blessing we can not comprehend.
    Hugs,
    andrea

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  4. Amen, amen. Such powerful, and truthful words sis. I love you.

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  5. Wonderful post. Great reminder that we are just like avapor.
    Thank you for sharing my friend.

    Pray for all of us that we may remain a light shining though.
    God bless you.

    XO Regina

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  6. What a great encouragement! It was the very thing I needed for this moment. :)

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  7. Oh my what a powerful video. Yes, one just does not know when the Lord will call you home. Blessings to you Rosel.

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  8. Wonderful post - and so true. We never know how much time we have. Never pass up an opportunity to tell someone we love them.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  9. wow--thank you -I was being extremely ungrateful and irritated with my soon to be 13yr old--although she does deserve some wrath-I must not forget!!

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  10. This was a powerful and inspirational post. Yes, we NEED to live as if every day is our last, for who knows if it might be. Thanks for all this. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry to these people and to all of us. Hugs, Debbie

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  11. Hi, Rosel:
    I like posts like this; I like this challenge. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. The video is so good too. Thanks for making me laugh at my place. Love you, Sister!

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  12. Thanks for the reminder that we need to appreciate each day because it could all be gone tomorrow. I know I'm guilty of getting all caught up in everyday life and taking things/peple for granted. I hope you have a great weekend! We are supposed to have warm weather today and tomorrow (in the 70's!)!

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  13. He was so vulnerable and you took such good care of him. You were his angel. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Oh, my sweet and precious friend. How inspiring it is for me to come here and be uplifted by God through your words. Your post is so important, especially for this day and age. We never know when our time is up, so you're right... we must live each day to it's fullest praising God and glorifying Him as though it's our last.

    Thank you for writing this important post. You are such a blessing to me. Oh, and most importantly, thank you for every single encouraging word you write Amber. You have NO idea how much I appreciate you. I know you will be as much of a blessing to her as you are to me.

    God bless you, my sweet friend! *huge hugs*

    PS ~ Final thought I'd like to share... after reading this post, I feel uplifted and at peace to the point of joyful tears streaming down my face. For us to be so vulnerable and yet, through Jesus Christ, we are strong! I needed this today. It's been a loooong week, so again, thank you!

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  15. It's great to read about how God can move no matter the situation. He hears our cries, no matter how mundane or trivial we may think they are. I'm glad you have our great Saviour with you when you go to work where things can get dangerous in the blink of an eye.

    Blessings to you dear sister!

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  16. I have no doubt that your presence kept those tormenting demons quiet. God bless that poor man.

    What a stark reminder (your video) of how none of us are promised tomorrow. If we truly lived each day like we would be with Jesus in 24 hours, we would be stopping traffic and causing a scene to tell everyone about Him.

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  17. Amen Rosel! I try to remind myself of the verse when I'm not trusting God like I should. He is the One with the plan. My plans mean nothing unless they are His plans first.

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  18. Praying for you, this night. I always pray for you on weekends...I don't always tell you, but I am constantly thinking about you during the weekends and lifting you before the LORD. You are covered and HIS strength will indeed fill your being!

    Love the song playing...."The Warrior Is A Child" one of my favorites...I heard it for the first time the week my sister was killed 20 plus years ago....I so get this song...I live it!

    Hugs,
    andrea

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  19. I have found that one of the great deterrents to the Christ-centered life is busyness and distractions of life in the moment centered on self, pleasure and materialism. The eternal perspective and the realization of the Gospel, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and loving our neighbor will open our eyes to true fruit of love, joy and peace as we abide in the light of God's kingdom on Earth. Praise be to God as we live each day for the glory of our Savior.

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  20. Rosel, this is my favorite so far of all your posts. My heart really went out to that poor, suicidal man. Wish I could hold him, and tell him everything's going to be okay.

    And thanks for the reminder to seize the day...I needed to hear that!

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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