~ Have you ever had the best surprise that calmed your nervousness? I sure did when I met my OB/GYN I’ll never forget. Read and find out why.
Thirty-four years ago I was on this one crazy uncertain road as a pregnant 19-year old. Back then I was unable to just jump on the internet to see a long list of doctors to choose from. Instead, I just followed who our family doctor suggested to my own mother.
Driving up to that hospital still feels like last week. I can picture what that building looked like, where I parked, and how it all looked as I walked in. But most of all I remember how nervous I was.
How much of my story do I tell?
Will she just consider me as one of those teens that messed up?
Will I like her?
Will she like me?
Thankfully, as soon as I walked in I was impressed, instantly comfortable in a place I was uncomfortable to be in, if that makes any sense. After filling out the paperwork and waiting a few minutes at this one table, in walked the Obstetrician. I realized right then she was the first stranger I had to tell my story to. A total stranger told me I was pregnant a few months before, but this is the first stranger I had to tell I was pregnant.
Do I tell her more than she asks? Do I act all nonchalant and come across all happy-go-lucky, casually hearing all the pregnancy facts she passes my way? For all I know, I might cause her to dread each time I’d need to come in for a check-up, let alone the day of giving birth.
Once meeting her, looking to be in her early thirties, I was relieved to tell she had a nice, warm personality. After I simplified my story as to why I was pregnant, and after her giving a little pregnancy information, she began telling me a bit about her plan to serve as an OB/GYN in a third-world country.
‘Wow!’ I replied.
That then began us sharing bits and pieces of our faith, seeing that we were both Christians. Talk about instant peace! Inside I was thanking God, feeling again that He gave me exactially what I needed.
“But being I’m still here, Marianne,” she said, “I’m glad I’m now here to help you.”
God knew it best I go through this soap opera pregnancy with a doctor who I’d have encouraging conversations with. From then on, each time I left that office, God heard me say the same three words: Thank you, Lord.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 –
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-25 –
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6 –
Why these verses?
Because they are a few of many that describe how God cares.
And if you need comfort, He’s there.
It was obvious He was gracious, using a stranger to let me feel He was carrying me on that crazy uncertain road I was on.