A doctor entered the hospital in a hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing him, the dad yelled: “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”
The doctor smiled & said: “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call…… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work”
“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??” said the father angrily
The doctor smiled again & replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book “From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace”
“Giving advises when we’re not concerned is so easy” murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor came out happy, and said, “Thank goodness!, your son is saved!” And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on as he was almost running. “If you have any question, ask the nurse!!””Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state.” Commented the father when he saw the nurse a few minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered, tears rolling down her face: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”
Never judge anyone in a hurry. You never know under what stress or strain they are in. (With deep appreciation of all my friends in care-giving and healing ministry for their selfless dedication)