We care for others, but when we feel lonely and overwhelmed who is there to care for us?
As this year has progressed, I have been more and more reminded that the only sure thing we have to hold onto is the Lord. Truly he alone is our rock, our solid ground in the shifting sands. The thing about a rock is if you are just passively sitting on it, it will be very easy for waves to drag you down or knock you off, but if you cling to the rock, although the waves may batter you, you will be safe and secure, fastened to the rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love.
So, cling to the Lord and he will refresh and help you when you feel like you've got nothing left to give. Remember Paul's words to the Corinthians: 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are afflicted, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.' (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
As we celebrate this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and care for our patients, let's rely completely on God for his comfort and strength to be able to demonstrate that mercy, care and compassion of God to those we meet, that he may be glorified.
Bethany Fuller is a third-year nursing student at Surrey University