2004-11-07 - Esther
Esther is a woman at the nursing home where I work. She, well, she can drive you crazy sometimes. She will ring the buzzer and ask you to close her blinds. Five minutes later, she asks again. The third time, she wants you to put a towel near the bottom, so no one can look in (never mind that she is two stories up and her windows overlook a stream). She wants to be covered with three or four blankets, because her own "thermostat" doesn't work -- not the one on the wall, "her" thermostat. If you get that right, you will not be able to fix the five hair clips that need to be positioned exactly right, with her hair over her ear. She has a schedule for the bathroom, a schedule for dinner and a schedule for bed. Everything is done a certian way that often is extremely time-consuming. Sometimes it is hard to be patient with her, especially when you are working short, with many others to care for.
Yesterday I prayed that God would help me to have patience, to be loving, for Him to be with me. I was feeling pretty good that I had relied on Him throughout the day. Then one of the daycare kids left late, supper was late, and I was late. I got to work with three minutes to spare. Once there, I was given an overburdened assignment, picking up extra people for someone who left early. Okay, I thought, "be thankful and just do it." But by the time 10:30 rolled around, I was just wanting to go home. Then the buzzers started going off. At 10:55, Esther rang. I wanted to ignore the bell. But I went into her room, and she said she was ready for bed.
I was biting my lip, thinking that there was no way I was going to get home on time. She moved up on the bed once, twice, and by the third time, I thought "God, please just let her go to sleep already." That was when she grabbed my hand, closed her eyes and started to pray. "Oh God, please bless us and keep us safe. Give us patience Lord, and help us to do your will. In Jesus' name. Amen".
God is so good; He chastens the son (daughter) whom He loves. On the way home, I thought about things like, "let he who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall" and "humble yourself before the Lord" (and if that doesn't work just, go see Esther, and she will help you).