Today God gives a little nudge to remind me not to harbor resentment against my friend of yesterday’s blog. The Lord says in Hebrews 12, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”
Anger and bitterness is the last thing on my mind. I spent all of yesterday in the ER with our granddaughter. She was at another relative’s on Saturday and Sunday morning, took some prescription sleeping pills from their medicine chest, brought them home, and took 50-75 of them on Sunday night. When she didn’t get up yesterday at her normal time, I tried to wake her. After realizing this was not normal grogginess, I told her she needed a doctor and finally got her dressed and in the vehicle.
She didn’t admit to me that she had taken anything (or I may have called an ambulance), but did tell the first person who questioned her at the hospital. After a few phone calls, I found out the name and dosage of the pills, and unknown to her, that they were several years old. Because they were out-dated, she is still alive.
By the end of the day, they transferred her to another hospital where she will be treated and watched for a few days. That kind of drug could damage her heart and lungs. The doctors told me that dose she took was lethal. When asked how she felt about being still alive, she said, “Indifferent.” I know that the folks who read this blog are generally people who also pray. Please do.
The odd thing is that this verse from Hebrews describes what one person said is her problem; she is hurt and deeply bitter about things (real and imagined) that have happened in her life. If that is an accurate assessment, any hope for healing goes beyond medication and therapy. Like all of us, she needs Jesus.