Last Friday my oldest daughter fell at college and broke her ankle really bad. I mean, really bad. Two broken bones, plus two fractures in the fibula, and dislocated it. Because it happened Friday afternoon, they told us she would have to wait until the morning for surgery.
We got her admitted to the hospital and waited for the doctor to approve pain meds. She was in a lot of pain. I think it was more painful because it was dislocated. After a horribly painful night mixed with tears and morphine, the nurse came in and explained how the Ortho Surgeon planned his day. He would rate the breaks and then do surgery accordingly, worse goes first and so on. We didn’t want my daughters to be the worst but we sure wanted her in there getting operated on first.
The PA came in, checked things out, explained how it would work then left. The nurse came back in and asked if he told us the order of the surgeries. Since he didn’t, she explained that the surgeon was going to do a hip replacement first. Then it was she wasn’t sure who was next. It was between my daughter and a little girl next door who had a pretty bad brake on her elbow.
My daughter, although still in excruciating pain, looked up at the nurse and she said, “You know, you can give me more pain meds and go ahead and let the little girl go first.”
Tears filled my eyes. I couldn’t believe that she was willing to sacrifice, to lay in excruciating pain longer so this little girl, this total stranger, could go into surgery first. I wanted to scream no, take my baby first but I didn’t. Instead I stood by, a proud mom.
They took my daughter next. Doctors go by worse case not sacrifice. But my daughter showed what true sacrifice it. Her willingness to endure more pain to help a total stranger reminded me of Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice.
He knew the pain He was going to go through on the cross, yet, He was willing to do it anyway. Jesus knew us, my daughter didn’t know this little girl, but she was willing to take the pain longer so this little girl didn’t have to suffer anymore. Amazing.
As we go through our daily lives, let’s keep our eyes open and see who we can be Jesus to others.