An Answer to My Prayers: Nursing

Never in my life have I entertained the thought that I am going to be a nurse one day. What I could remember is that I always fear taking up a course that comes with it a licensure exam to be one of them.

Being married at an early age prohibited me from chances of finishing any college degree. My children then came along (there’s five of them, all boys), the more that I lost even a little hope to become a degree holder. Rearing a family of my own is a very tough daily experience, especially when it involves finances. There was a time that I became very hopeless and doesn’t know what to do or where to go.

During this very depressive situation, it came to my mind that nobody can help me except that “Somebody” up there. I surrendered everything to Him and prayed sincerely. I told Him in my prayer to help me uplift my family through His own way. After perseveringly repeating this prayer, His answer came surprisingly. My elder sister (also a nurse), called up and asked me if I am interested to study nursing. To think that we are not that close with each other. As small children, we use to quarrel most often. My siblings say that I am the worst in the family and so they don’t like me at that.

For me, this telephone conversation was the most unexpected and unbelievable one I ever had. I have never considered a thought of looking at myself in taking up nursing especially at my age of 40. Nevertheless, after a prayer, I decided to accept my sister’s offer. Why not? My social status neither my age is not a measure to stop me from becoming a nurse. To make the story short, with God on my side for guidance and strength, I passed the nursing licensure exam on December 2008.

Presently I am employed at Sabal Hospital Incorporated, an aspiring for tertiary level hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. Although I started as a volunteer nurse in this medical institution, still I am thankful because not like other hospitals, I never paid even a single centavo but I was given a stipend. Some say, it is an unfair labor practice but for me, I am fortunate at that. I never stopped seeking God’s presence and guidance for me, my family, my senior heads, the hospital administration and colleagues.

As my final statement, “I ask all creations to never cease looking up to God for help, guidance, strength, wisdom and knowledge every day. Take me as a living testimony that, if God is on our side, He will never leave nor forsake us. We only have to pray without ceasing. With God, things will get better and better as the day will pass.”

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  • ejpopotit

    an inspiring story.. sana ako din makakuha ng job after NLE nd lang pala ako. pati cmpre yung mga qualified nurses 🙂

    • Adelyn Lumban

      indeed you will be employed basta uunahin mo lang palagi ang Diyos. ika nga sa Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Huwag magsawa sa pagdarasal hanggang ito’y ibigay sa ‘yo ng Diyos at sabayan din ng pagkilos. Psalms 37:4-5 “Delight in the Lord and He will grant your hearts’ desire. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this.” Bless God and you will be blessed.

  • Gigi Rodriguez

    You’re an inspiration to all, especially your perseverance and great love to God, everything became possible for you…I, too, is a testament to God’s blessings…at age 48, went back to school to study medical assisting and now @57 will be going back for the Physician’s Assistant course…God is awesome, prayers and our constant conversations with Him will always give us the strength & confidence to go forward in life…I’ll be including you in prayers…As long as you are happy and love your work do not let anyone stop you from pursuing your dream..^_^

  • Adelyn Lumban

    Thank you Ma’am Gigi for inspiring me too. I have met many obstacles already in my workplace but I didn’t allow them to affect me in any way. Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Our life is but a process to strengthen us in the Lord. Alam ko babalik din sa kanila ang mga ginagawa nila. I have all the peace in my heart with God.