ICU always sucks!
I am writing this sitting inside the intesive care unit of Royal North Shore Hospital. Every time I come here, it’s different – especialy when one of your relatives have been admitted here. There are no machines that go “bing”. Instead there is the hissing of oxygen, the bustle of the medical staff, and the irregular moan of a disoriented patient – these are the sounds which accompany seriously broken bodies. These are the sounds of a world longing for God’s final liberation.
In Australia, we are shielded from so much suffering and misery – we are so close to it yet we call it a privilege to be able to ignore it. However, when we come across it, we are forced to admit that this is not the way it ought to be. For Christians, it reminds us of God’s promise of final vindication and renewal in Christ.
Look! God’s dwelling is with humanity and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying and pain will no longer exist, because the previous things have passed away. Then the One seated on the throne said “Look! I am making everything new.” (Revelation 21:3-5)
I guess, we should always be thanking God that he has an ultimate plan for this world in Jesus. Moreover, he still has mercy on us with our broken world. We should also be thanking God for the many skilled and caring medical personnel who work so hard to heal these seriously broken bodies.