She stops at the back door stripping off her cloths. She doesn’t care who sees anymore. Her children no longer run to greet her after being away all day. They know mommy needs a shower before she can embrace them. Her feet are throbbing as she walks up the stairs to the bathroom. As the water heats up in the shower she stares at her face in the mirror, swollen from hiding behind a mask all shift. She gets in the shower and rests her head on the wall as the hot water runs down her back and she prays it is hot enough to kill off anything that may have stowed away on her, threatening her family.
Many of us knew what we were signing up for when we chose the medical field as our career path. It’s no secret that the job filled with SO MUCH REWARD is packaged together with long hours, working understaffed, management breathing down your back, and policy changes fifty times a week. It is not for the faint of heart in normal circumstances but in these unprecedented times it is downright challenging. We have taken an oath and stand by it-but sometimes we need rest. In a pre-Covid time that looked like manicures, hot stone massages, sweat sessions at the gym, drinks with friends on the patio deck of the local bar, or even sneaking in a nap while the kids were at school. Now when the medical community is working harder than ever before THE WORLD SHUT DOWN.
Where does our rest come from in a time we need it the most?
The truth is while the above activities are enjoyable (VERY) they do not offer the rest we need. This type of rest can be found not just on break times and days off, but every moment of every day. How you ask? By giving your burdens to Jesus. We weren’t meant to carry these loads on our own. The burden of caring for others is far to heavy for our backs and hearts to bear.