Where Comfort Is Stored

 "There's no greater comfort than to remember that when you're living in the center of God's will, nothing can ever happen to you without God's permission."- (wordofloveforyou.com)


Yesterday, we got home late in the afternoon after an almost 6 hours journey from our family's vacation that we did not want to end. The heat of the sun was a surprising, unwanted change after the three of us savored a much cooler temperaturefor a few days and as we frolicked and enjoyed every second that passed by, strolling and eyeing shops after shops, tasting their famous clam chowder soups and other seafood specialties.

The light was blinking when I approached our answering machine, noticing only 3 new messages. The last one sounded so urgent.

"Rcubes, this is Nurse G. Please call me but don't call me from work. I'm off tonight and I really need to talk to you..."

My co-worker left her home number. I called and attempted many times. Unfortunately, she must not be home as I missed her original call. Before retiring to bed last night, I decided to try phoning her again as there was no machine where I could leave a message to acknowledge her call.

She picked up. Relating the bad events that occurred at work, I could sense her angry tone and fresh memory of everything that happened between her and the other nurse who was in charge. She knew about the battle I was going through against some of the people who were in higher positions. She asked for a needed advice about the process I had gone through and had walked before.

"Don't worry," I reminded her. "There will come a time that things they do that are not right will be exposed." I paused...

"But do yourself a favor, Nurse G.,"I uttered softly. "Do not let them intimidate you. You're only off for 1 night tonight. Don't think and worry about these things because doing so will not help you anyway. Enjoy your night off and if there is anything else I can help you out with, please let me know."

I could see a smile despite talking on the phone being worn by her lips.

"Thank you, Rcubes. Have a good night and thank you for the info you had given me."

"I will see you at work and I will give you a number to call," I reassured.

Enjoying this favorite spot on a tranquil afternoon
My wounded heart was never the same when it came to my workplace. The harassment never stopped. But taking the much-needed holiday with my family and just being away from work was what I needed to recuperate. I forgot about those worries of my own, seeing and feeling the love that the Best Comforter had given me through His creations and other simple things and simple enjoyment:  

The warm glow of the sunsets that bathed the horizon...

Little squirrels that were not afraid to be fed by humans. Scrambling to get out from their cave houses etched in between the rocks that held the ground splashed by the salty waters. Dashing from under the wooden planks of wood that formed the mile long trails where nature lovers and other people fond of staying fit enjoy...

The sandy stretch of beach that protected the bay from the huge Pacific Ocean, housing some marine animals underneath as kayakers and those who love the electric boats or canoes go by as they slowly paddle with their oars...

The seals that idly lounged on rocky protrusions as the soft roars of the white waters seemed to have rocked them to sleep...

The doughnuts being perfected for 43 years by a mother and her son, freshly made each wee hours of each morning...

The retired people who we met at the place where we were staying and were eager to exchange life's stories and other warm memories from their journeys...

Back in our town where the temperature is almost triple digit, I don't mind the blistering heat now that I think about the past, few days and even if I have to go back to work again tomorrow, I know that I carry these comforting memories that God had given me so I can nurse my inner wound. Truly, the memories are special knowing they were orchestrated by His wounded hands. Hands that were wounded to have humanity be healed. He is the Best Comforter after all.

I know that I don't need to go to another place if I need healing and refreshment. I can call on Him, anytime, anywhere. I know that His love is poured into my heart until it overflowed. That is where His love is stored. In my heart. All I need to do is look inside. And that is my goal...to share this comfort I received to those who need it in return.

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ." ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NLT)

8 comments:

  1. There is such relief when we rest in His arms (with donut in hand). So glad you had a fabulous vacation, and so glad that you've been the recipient of comfort in order to comfort another (2 Cor 1). In the Lord's economy, this is solid gold stuff!

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  2. I'm sorry that there is so much burden to have to bear at work, in the community, and sometimes even in families. The hurt, woundedness, and fallenness in the lives of others spills into our own. I'm sorry for what your friend is having to put up with, and for you, too. But your advice was very good, and we can take comfort in the fact that we have God as our support. Good post.

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  3. When work is not going well it is so stressful. You are doing a wonderful job trusting in our wonderful friend,Jesus. Bless you my friend and remember we are on the winning side no matter what things look like.

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  4. I don't know how people make it through life without a relationship with the Lord. I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit -- our Comforter.

    Bless you friend!
    Beth

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  5. Glad that you had an awesome time with your family; makes me long to go to that same place since it sounds so delightful!

    Indeed we do have a great comforter who is with us through all the tough times when, without Him, we'd feel so alone.

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  6. If you every get to the point you are not a nurse...you definately could be a writer. I love reading your blog...I always come away a little wiser.

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  7. I agree with Dee... you are a writer, and your posts have ministered to me and surely other readers each time we come here.

    This is definitely another good post, which I seem to have missed, because I was away from my laptop for two days... it did not show up on my sidebar.

    Blessings on you as you continue on with your job, even though the issues have not been resolved.

    You are right, why let it dampen your spirits?

    God is near!

    Love
    Lidj

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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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