I went back in the room as my sweet, non-verbal patient curled and winced in pain again. My heart swelled with compassion for her. I bent down to her bed, whispering in her ear, “Oh, Jesus! Have compassion!” Immediately she let out a huge exhale of relief and laid back down as peacefully as I had ever seen her. The painful episode was over when Jesus entered the picture.
In His earthly ministry, Jesus was often moved with compassion. His heart is the most complete definition of compassion. He doesn’t want us marching around, acting as if He called us to put on a performance of signs and wonders to “wow” the crowd. No. He just wants to be in such close fellowship with us that it rivets us with His heart of compassion for others. When the nurse was too busy, Jesus was ready, and I was just the go-between. There is a hurting world without hope; Jesus is ready, and you are the go-between.
Father, give me Your eyes for people. Show me what I have not seen due to my selfish or busy lifestyle. Teach me a lifestyle of compassion. I want to know You so deeply that my heart connects with Your compassionate heart.