2012-04-12 / Church


(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

I’m Not Done Yet

Ernest lived on a small farm. He worked as a lineman for thirty years, traveling all over the country in the wake of disasters. He was a strong, energetic man.

One day, Ernest collapsed on the way to the bathroom. His daughter called me from the Emergency Room. “He’s in bad shape,” she said.

When I arrived, Ernest was unresponsive, his blood pressure dropping, his pulse skyrocketing. The doctor turned to me, read my name tag, and said, “Prepare the family. If they have anything to say, they need to say it now.” I turned toward the family. They read my eyes, and knew.

I looked down at Ernest and yelled, “Ernest, can you hear me?”

Ernest’s eyes popped open. “Hello, Gary. How’re you?” he asked.

Shocked, I said, “Ernest, you’re in the Emergency Room, and your family is here.”

A look of sudden recognition came over Ernest’s face. “I’m not done yet,” he responded.

Two minutes later, his heart rate and blood pressure were normal.

Ernest is still here, walking around his land, feeding his animals.

Ernest thinks God woke him up that day and gave him the will to live. I agree, especially since Ernest was unresponsive up to that moment.

I relearned an important principle of life that day: God is always knocking. How we respond makes all the difference.

“I’m not done yet.”

We’re not done either. How will we respond to God’s knocking today?

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice and is interim Minister at First Baptist Church in Lexington

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