Written by Brenna Richmon
With the arrival of Spring weather, our family has been enjoying many neighborhood walks.
I watch David and Flannery walk hand-in-hand, deep in conversation. The topics recently have been future-oriented: colleges, degrees, careers. I remember those same walks with my mom, discussing that oh-so-important question: What do you want to be when you grow up?
To my mother’s delight, I became a nurse, like her. The work was intense, but rewarding. I knew that God had uniquely equipped me for the role. After 8 years, three jobs and three children, it was time to pause my nursing career to focus on my family. I am so thankful for those sweet years at home. It was truly a gift. However, I missed my identity as a nurse, a significant part of who God created me to be.
In a recent turn of events that could only be orchestrated by a Sovereign God, a conversation with Trinity member Emily Ryan landed me a new job working a family-friendly schedule just blocks from my home. God made it perfectly clear- it was time to put scrubs back on.
One week after the first Washington COVID case, I reentered the workforce as an RN. And then, pandemic.
I trust God’s timing completely. He has a purpose in my return to work at this pivotal time. I’m honored to do this job. I’m honored to be part of a profession that is on the frontline of this war. I’m also scared. I’m grieved. I’m overwhelmed. I long for the day when all things will be made new- when every tear will be dried.
Please pray for healthcare workers. Pray for peace, for safety, for resources, for strength. Pray for our families. I find comfort and confidence in your prayers.
There is comfort and confidence in knowing that God has been working in each one of us since the beginning- forming us in our mother’s womb, calling to us on family walks, instructing, preparing and equipping us for this very moment in time- to do His good work. We get to love the vulnerable, comfort the scared, heal the sick. What a privilege that is.