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Ever stop in the busyness of life?

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)

This verse has run through my head a few times this past week. Sometimes I get tired, worn down, busy with things to do, unfinished work, there is so much I want to accomplish. And so often I feel I cannot catch up with all that I have to do.

Do you ever feel that way? I feel guilty about things I can’t do, or things that are hard. I want to donate more. I want to visit the elderly. I want to help.

I have a cousin who was in a bad accident this past week. He broke several bones and sustained serious injuries. But thankfully his spine is okay, of course, it’s the first thing I asked about. They said within a year he should be walking normally. Keep him in your prayers please, his name is Shaun.

My nurse Regina, when I was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at U of M after my accident in Oct. of 1994, went to heaven last week. She was the first medical professional to tell me I would walk again. As a matter of fact, she said I would run. Some of the hospital staff were pressing my family to tell me I wouldn’t walk for weeks. I think deep down my family knew I would. That’s why no one wanted to tell me.

“Zina, listen, I had a dream, you were running to me in this dream. The Lord Jesus can heal, and he gives me prophetic dreams about my patients sometimes. And you kept saying, ‘Regina, thank you, thank you Regina! Thank you, and you were running to me.”

Regina was not only a nurse for many years in the PICU, but she was also an ordained minister. She put a poem I wrote after my accident in a plaque for me on my birthday, and bought my first bible. I still have them both. I’m not running but I’ve come far. And who knows, despite the fact that I’m not as healed as I would like to be–I still have to believe “All things are possible, through the Lord who strengthens me.” Don’t we all?

She was diagnosed with cancer last year and within a year she’s gone. I was in admiration of her son, Glenn, in our last conversation his strength and attitude amazed me. Since my accident, he’s been a good friend. This week, I made the trip to the hospital to see Shaun. I made the donation. I made the phone call. I stopped in my busyness, and did my best to be a good friend.

Every so often in our lives someone comes along who’s meant to help us in some way, through a tragedy, difficulty, or problem of some kind. They work as angels, miraculously, they show up. Sometimes, we haven’t realized how much they actually helped until their work is done.

In my life, I’ve been blessed with a few. Regina is definitely one. How about you? I hope you’ve had at least one..

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  1. shaylap76
    April 29, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Regina K. was my cousin. We buried her just yesterday. She was a wonderful person and she will be missed by many. I am glad that she was able to touch your life in a positive way.

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    • April 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Shay! She did touch my life, and she was one of the first to give me hope after my accident. She also stayed a good friend. Thanks for stopping by to write.

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  2. May 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Zina, what a touching story. You expressed this so well. I so understand your loss as a dear long time friend went to heaven in the last couple of weeks. Her words of encouragement became even more precious to me after she died.
    In the same way, Regina’s words live on to encourage, guide and give you hope. I do believe too you will realize your dream of walking again. How precious that God put her in your life at a critical time to give you hope and encouragement.

    I can so relate to the busyness as I often feel the same way, so many things I need to do and want to do and not enough time to do them all.

    Good for you for taking time out of the busyness to show your love and care. I’m proud of you.

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    • May 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Sharon! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m sorry to hear you also suffered a loss in the last few weeks. Regina was very special to me and you’re right, her words do live on and give me encouragement and hope. Thank you for saying you believe I will realize my dream to walk again, that means a lot to me! And thanks so much for being proud of me : )

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