Learning at the Cold End of the Stethoscope

I have had the privilege of learning under many extraordinary teachers. However, some of my best teachers have been the unexpected and difficult life circumstances which offer learning that cannot come from a book. Recently I have learned much by being a patient -- at the cold end of the stethoscope.

As a patient I was vulnerable and learned how:

  • Wise communication -- a kind word or a simple explanation -- can reassure me.
  • Compassion -- a soothing touch and gentle medical care -- calmed my heart.
  • Family and friends -- praying and caring for me even when I was grumpy -- reminded me of the importance of love.
  • The presence of God -- sharing His peace with me -- meant more than words can express.

The unexpected and difficult turns on the journey also have much to teach me about faith.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”. James 1:2-4 NIV

Maybe you, like me, find yourself at the “cold end of the stethoscope” physically, financially or relationally. Will you join me in learning the valuable lessons God has for us there?

Sharing the journey with you, Bob Snyder