First, get rid of the sterile lighting. Really? Nothing is getting examined there, so why the harsh lighting? It makes everyone look a little sick, whether they came in that way or not.
Secondly, if we're going to have a tv going, could it at least be showing classic comedies instead of talk shows or infomercials? Or, could we have a little ambient, soothing music, or something to get the blood pumping in a happy way? You know, salsa, or oldies, or reggae?
Then I thought about the magazines. I've watched a lot of people in medical waiting rooms over the years, and I don't think I've ever seen anyone pick up a professional journal. Could we have some current INTERESTING magazines, please?
And chocolate, who doesn't like chocolate (besides Tom, that is)? Dishes of M&Ms (preferably the peanut kind), Hershey's kisses, and my all time fav, Reese's peanut butter cups. Well, that may be a bridge too far since my visits are stemming from high cholesterol issues.
And just to make sure we're totally indulging all our senses, how about a little aromatherapy? Some lavender or chamomile wafting through the air to alleviate stress or anxiety would be nice. Or, how about some orange or lemon to perk up our spirits?
Okay, back to reality now. I took political science in college; I understand that bureaucracy seems to rule our 21st century world. But, this isn't a rant about that. It's about healing.
The writer of Proverbs had a lot to say about our health, such as, "A sound mind makes for a robust body,but runaway emotions corrode the bones." (Proverbs 14:30 MSG)
Scripture shares many accounts of Jesus healing broken bodies, but He made it clear that His real mission was to heal those with broken spirits. Jesus devoted a whole sermon to the healing and restoration to be found in Him and His Heavenly Father (Matthew 5:1-12).
The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, foretold Jesus's mission:
"The Lord God has put his Spirit in me.This is because he has appointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are broken. He has sent me to tell the captives they are free.He has sent me to tell the prisoners that they are released.He has sent me to announce the time when the Lord will show his kindness and the time when our God will punish evil people. He has sent me to comfort all those who are sad." (Isaiah 61:1-2 ICB)
When Jesus announced that He was the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy in His hometown synagogue, He rocked their world (Luke 4:16-22). And praise God, He still rocks our world today.
"Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid." ((John 14:27 GNT)
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 GNT).
Dear Reader, I pray that no matter what may be going on in your world at the moment, you will claim the peace and rest only our Savior can give.