I just got off the phone with my friend, Stacey. Stacey is wired like me in a lot of ways except she is much sweeter and entirely more beautiful than I could ever dream to be. Despite this, I like her. Weird.
Anyway, Stacey has been a stay-at-home mom for her daughter, Alexa since her birth. Alexa is starting a new life this fall...kindergarten. Stacey is starting a new life too. She is returning to school. She wants to be a nurse.
This is how we're alike. Talking to her today about her excitement, nervousness, decisions to be made took me back. Wasn't that long ago I was that career homemaker who God suddenly sneaked up on to send to nursing school. And it was all of a sudden. I was sitting in our favorite Mexican restaurant with my husband and family and heard myself say, "I'm thinking about going to nursing school." I was as shocked as everyone else. Three months later, I was taking Chemistry. Stacey decided a few weeks ago to go back to school this fall and here she is, choosing her first classes. Chemistry is one. That excitement and terror in her voice reminds me of myself. I find myself smiling so big it hurts while I'm talking to her on the phone. She's gonna do great. And she's gonna be an awesome nurse, I've no doubt.
I know what compelled me toward nursing school. It was God, same way he's instructing her now. He lights a fire in our hearts and there's no choice but to run hard after it. And there is no joy like the joy that bubbles up in us when we feel that moment of knowing he's in it with us.
I also know what got me through nursing school when I was tired and frustrated and utterly sick of the whole thing right down to my HFCC polo shirt. God again. More than once, he was there on behalf of people who loved me and believed in me when I ran low on that internal motivation that got me moving in the first place. People prayed me through it.
I intend to pray Stacey through this starting right now. I'm asking for favor with her instructors, and for her to join the official nursing program in God's perfect timing. I'm already praying for her job as a registered nurse!
Come on along and pray with me. When you see what a great nurse God builds, you'll be glad you were part of it!
Psalm 20:4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.