Our Love Extends to Everyone

Our Love Extends to Everyone

-E.J. Butler, Nurse Manager
She looked very uncomfortable and out of place as she sat in the waiting room. I called the well-dressed, poised young woman back to the room for her pregnancy test. She was very polite and articulate, answering all of the questions I asked. She had very little spiritual background, but stated that she firmly believes everything happens for a reason. She smiled very little during her appointment. When I asked her about her view on abortion she became slightly defensive stating that she could see both sides of the abortion argument. She was very polite, but all business.Next question: If your test is positive, what are your intentions? Her eyes filled up with tears and for the first time during our discussion I saw emotion. She stated that this was the WORST possible time to get pregnant. Her two children are in school, her husband works fulltime, and she has successfully climbed the ranks in her career. Life is finally how it should be. Now this! I thought this was a good time to revisit her statement of “everything happens for a reason.” I shared that maybe God had a different plan than she did. She was not in agreement. We proceeded with the ultrasound to see a very tiny baby, too small to measure in length, BUT he or she had a little flickering heartbeat that was clear as can be. I offered to schedule a repeat ultrasound in a week or two since she was so early in her pregnancy, but she politely declined and thanked me for the information. I was so sad after she left. I was sure this was the last time I would see her. I wept then prayed. Just as she was a planner and likes to control her circumstances, I must admit that I somewhat share her qualities. This situation was now completely out of my control. Unable to get ahold of her a few days later, I sent a note to offer a second ultrasound, but also to inform her that our door is always open. I wanted her to know that we were here for her. You could imagine my delight when she called back to schedule a second ultrasound!
When she came for her ultrasound, she was again very composed and reserved. She stated that nothing had changed since I last saw her. I asked if abortion was still an option. A little smile came across her face as she shared that she had decided to carry this child! May I just say that is incredibly difficult to keep my professional face on and contain my excitement sometimes? Well this was one of those times! She shared that she had made an appointment for an abortion and couldn’t go through with it. The whole tone of the appointment changed at that moment. Her demeanor softened. By the end of the appointment she was asking what she could do to help Pregnancy Resources! She was so grateful for us being there for her during her time of turmoil and confusion. Well ye, I mean me of little faith. When she walked out those doors that day and it was out of my hands, I forgot to trust that is was completely in God’s hands!

My Opportunity to Trust God
In conclusion, I want to say farewell as I pass the baton to the new nurse manager. God has placed on my heart the desire and need to be home with my children for this phase of life. I am SO grateful and humbled to have had the opportunity to serve in this ministry.