The following is an excerpt of my current Work In Progress (WIP), Gratitude in Overcoming Obstacles: Faith Pushes You Through. If you’d like to see more posts like this, leave a comment to let me know you enjoyed it and would like more.
THE WELCOME COMMITTEE
And my God will supply all your needs according to
His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19, NASB).
I was the only patient who stayed long-term in the ward. The other women came and left.
“Call me the Welcome Committee,” I joked with Nadir one evening. That comment was not too far-fetched as many patients did treat me that way.
It all started with a personal CD player a Swedish friend loaned me after I arrived at the hospital. Nadir brought me in a few Christian CDs to listen to. Others from the college sent more CDs until I had a large variety. Then the books started coming—a mixture of nonfiction and fiction. Soon I started loaning out my CD player and the music.
A nurse from the Philippines came to borrow a book. That started a movement. Nurses—many of them Christian—signed out books for 24 hours at a time.
Every time someone visited me, I received a vase of flowers. The small area around me became cluttered so I gave flowers away. Whenever a new patient arrived, she received one. Patients from other wards came in and left with cheerful blossoms from my bouquet. Those ministering to me received colorful blooms—from medical personnel to the cleaning team.
One day a nurse from outside the maternity wing stopped. “I heard you have a lending library. May I look through your collection? I’m alone here….”
My exact thoughts and feelings when I arrived—far from family and friends.
Like New York City, Dubai is a melting pot. Workers leave their families and the poverty of their third-world countries to accept job opportunities in Dubai with better pay. But they feel alone.
God’s bounty overflowed during my hospital stay, meeting the needs of many. My lending library and flower giveaway taught me to think beyond my own physical condition to the needs of others.
Lord, how grateful we are you provide over and beyond what we can imagine.
In the comments, please share an example of when you’ve seen God’s provision overflow in your life.
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