I left work at 5:30 PM and drove 40 minutes south to sit beside a very important person in a hospital room. I’d pulled night watch for the fourth time this month. My body ran ragged, and my heart ached.
When I arrived at room 601, I discovered a posse of people filling up the room and spiling out into the hallway.
Bed A was now occupied by the patriarch of a new family. I waved hello and scooted over to Bed B. The room was easily the size of a postage stamp, but at least 10 people were crowded around the feverish Hispanic male in the bed to my left. One daughter placed cold compresses on the sick man’s forehead while everyone else spoke simultaneously in Spanish and asked loud, intrusive questions of the patient.
I smiled. Most people would be annoyed to be stuck in the cramped room with the Latin Mafia, but I found it most comforting.
I immediately adopted the crazy clan that reminded me of my own. I think the nurses were looking for an excuse to kick them off the floor, but I was happily chatting away with an Uncle and Aunt who had drifted past the curtain over to our side of the room.
A couple of hours later, a security guard loomed in the hallway and attempted to encourage the determined crowd to dissipate.
No one budged.
The TV blared a Spanish SOAP opera, and the youngest son was sent to Burger King with everyone’s order.
“We run deep,” proclaimed the curly haired daughter as she placed a fresh compress on her daddy’s temple.
Indeed, they do.
I contemplated their passion and purpose as they defiantly plopped down on the cold hospital floor to eat Burger King.
I want to run deep.
I want to stand in the deep with my family.
I want to walk deeper with my friends.
I want to dig deeply with you, dear reader.
I want to plunge into the deepest of the deep with my Jesus.
Let your roots grow down into Him,
and let your lives be built on Him.
Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught,
and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:7, NLT
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