The Garden of the Medical World

Throughout my childhood, my family and I made several trips to the small town of Canton, Missouri, where my grandmother and a couple of great uncles and aunts resided. During every visit, one of my favorite activities was to ride with Uncle Late in his pick up to his garden, known as the “Acre,” where we would spend time together picking vegetables to eat at a later time. This year, for the first time ever as a way to relish in this childhood memory, I decided to branch out of just growing flowers and try my hand at a small vegetable garden by planting some green bean seeds. As I observe these seeds now growing, not only do I miss this great man in my life, but I also treasure the memories of quality time with him as well as the words of wisdom that he spoke into my life.

As associates here in the ICU, each of us have skills and knowledge that we bring to the unit—whether it be medical, laboratory, administrative, leadership, therapeutic, respiratory, or supportive gifts. However, we did not reach this point alone; we may have gained these skills through another’s mentorship, instruction, or inspiration into your life. Reflect on how you reached the position that you hold today. What motivated you to reach this point? Who guided you along the journey and offered words of direction?

Whether or not you had a specific individual that journey alongside you, there is one Guide who will always travel the path with you, especially through unknown territory. He is only a whisper away and will not mislead you if you continuously seek His direction. The Lord does state in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is always available to mentor and support you through whatever challenges you encounter professionally and personally!



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