Going to Plan BOne thing a can say about our outreach clinics, no two are ever the same. We were headed to the Donaldsonville HPC Dream Center which is located in one of the poorest zip codes in the country. We had a very light schedule because we are transitioning this clinic from every 2 weeks to once a month, so we can add on more sites.
Everything started well, arrived on time, set everything up on the inside and outside. Then as we were going inside to pray before starting, the whole unit went dark. The generator died and we had no power (which means no AC!!). This is when you see what your team is made of. We had 5 new patients already waiting to be seen. Thankfully, this is the location we started at, so we had our old electrical closet as a backup. But it was stacked to the ceiling with bags of supplies that were to be given out that weekend. Four of our new patients were men, so we asked them to help us move the stuff (first time we ever needed our patients to work before being seen). While they were doing this, we had our nurses set up in one of the children's rooms.
We quickly had reset everything and all was well. I have the most awesome team in the world. This was a day that we prayed twice before we started. We prayed again in the closet (oops, exam room) before we let a patient in. It was intense. There was not a dry eye as we walked out. We only saw 8 people that day, but I know we made a difference. The most memorable part of the day was the prayer. Our male prayer partners talked and prayed with a man for 45 minutes! That would not have been possible during one of our usual, busier clinics.
It is so comforting to know that God is in control. Today challenged my peace and increased my faith. In the end that is what God wants. It's not our acts of service, it's our relationship and faith in Him. It's easy to say that we are allowing God to direct our life, that we have given Him complete control when things are going well. But when a day like today comes, how will we respond? Will we remember that nothing takes God by surpise? All good things come from God, but He will allow challenges to come to strengthen us and change us if we allow it. So, how do I rate myself with handling today's challenge? I'm much better than I used to be, but very far from where I need to be. I have to believe that that is what God is looking for. Not perfection, but growth.