Today I was reminded again how grateful I am for the many medical professionals who are part of the First Assembly family. For many years, First Assembly has been blessed with doctors and nurses and therapists and specialists who serve in a variety of healthcare fields. Whenever we’ve had a medical crisis in one of our church services or on our property, medical people rush to the scene quickly to serve as may be needed.
Today I stopped at a gas station near my house. As I was paying at the cash register, a customer rushed into the station and told the clerk, “There’s a man lying face-down in the street over there shaking and convulsing.” The station attendant grabbed the phone, and together they called 911 to request help. I walked out the door, realizing by the description of the situation that the person in crisis was lying there in the street, by himself, in the rain, with no one tending to him.
I pulled out of the gas station and headed that direction. As soon as I saw the man in the street, I pulled to the curb, noticing that, at the very same moment, a lady with a nurse’s uniform and identification was stopping on the other side of the street and getting out of her car. To my surprise, it was our own Diana Rankin, a long-time registered nurse who serves in the hospice and home health care industry. Diana’s husband Harold is our Facilities Manager here at the church. We rushed together to the man lying in the street and were able to get him to the curb, sitting up and talking. He was a young man. He had experienced a seizure, had fallen face-down in the street in the rain, and had been unable to get himself up. Diana and I waited with him and comforted him until the ambulance arrived. Another lady and her son brought over a jacket to wrap the young man in because of the cold rain. I’m praying for that young man to be healed and, if he doesn’t know Jesus already, to be saved.
As we left the scene, I couldn’t help but have a fresh appreciation for Diana and for all those who serve (they don’t just work) in the medical profession. Diana had been working with a patient in that neighborhood, and, seeing a man lying in the street, stopped in the rain to give assistance. The whole scene reminded me of Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. Thanks, Diana, and thanks to all of our people who serve as unto the Lord on a daily basis. I’m grateful and proud to be part of such a wonderful church family!