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While I was waiting to see the doctor yesterday, there was a commotion in the large three section waiting room. A woman was so ill that she fainted from her seat onto the floor. Her head hit the ground with a sickening thud. A nurse ran over to help the woman, and called for someone to call the doctor the woman was waiting to see. Nothing happened.

She then called for other nursing staff to come and help her lift the woman from the floor. No one moved.

She tried once more and called out for someone to get a wheel chair, the office manager, who just happened to be passing by, heard her cries for help and ran to get the wheel chair so they could get the woman to the emergency room.

As I sat, I was struck by the fact that even though surrounded by numerous doctors and nurses, no one came to this nurses’ aid to help the sick woman.

Imagine how difficult it must be to have an attitude of cheerfulness when you have absolutely no support to depend on. When you seem to be the only one who helps or believes in what you are undertaking. What do you do?

Hope Hard to Find

In these hard times when hope is hard to find, it is so easy to become angry, rude or depressed. When we add to that being faced with an unsupportive environment, the desire to persevere can easily slip away.

In His deepest time of need, Jesus had no support either. His friends went to sleep on Him as the arduous task of saving the world was on His shoulders. When the Savior was faced with both the weak and fickle nature of men, He turned His eyes and His heart to His heavenly Father for the strength to go on.

God is never weak, or fickle. He will always be there, to comfort and support you, even when the request seems as simple as learning how to maintain a cheerful attitude in a gloomy environment. In our darkest hour, He can be the ear we turn to when there is no one else to listen or hear. God is always there.

“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth…he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:2-4).

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