Seemingly small errors can add up to make a big one. Especially when we are in isolation or when we think we are…
Look in medicine. Someone is ordering medications for a patient with dementia. They have a list of what they take, but, of course, no doses. They are quite ill with a pneumonia and need to be admitted. Their pharmacy is closed. Someone ordering the meds guesses the doses based on past admissions. They get the wrong medications for two days when the med list comes in. But some of the meds on the list are missing, others are wrong. The medications are corrected to match this list. The patient is still on the wrong medications… How? The patient was going to two different pharmacies.
This is an error that happens. Not all of the time. But things like it. There are measures in place to prevent this… Having people bring in bottles. Cross-referencing old admissions. Checking electronic records (if one is so fortunate to have access). Calling their home. Calling their physician. Calling the pharmacy. Medication checks are required within 24 hours of admission. That is why.
And yet, mistakes still happen. People in medicine work on teams. They are accountable, but sometimes, they still feel alone. Sleep deprived, when things are closed, when sources are questionable, people feel alone and mistakes are made. Those mistakes can accumulate. One medication transcription error can lead to side effects, which are interpreted as new symptoms that are misdiagnosed resulting in new and unneccesary medications, etcetera. But, we are never really alone. There are people to contact, reminders to be given, assistance to be had.
Yesterday in church, the message was about the E-100 passages that we are to read this week as a church.
The message opened up with an example of errors on one of the Mars missions in which the two engineering groups working in two parts of the world used different units, so that despite calculations being correct, the direction of the propulsion of the device was incorrect.
The overarching concepts from the passages were:
- We fall into sin when we are not where we should be. Take David up on the roof, alone… He was supposed to be at war. He also knew that being up on the roof at night would offer possibilities to see things he shouldn’t see (given bathtubs were on people’s roofs). When we are straying from what we should be doing or when we are doing small things we shouldn’t be doing, it can lead to bigger things (roof – sleeping with random woman – offing her spouse). (Refer to 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25)
- We are not in isolation. Solomon prayed to other Gods from time to time. People picked up on it and started doing it too… Because if it is okay for him, well… Also, Elijah thought he was alone, despite all he did with God. So much so, he almost gave up. But he wasn’t. It took God presenting him with a buddy, but nonetheless, not alone. We are not in isolation. People are all around and they are watching even when you think they aren’t. What you do can impact how others behave. Because we are all an example to someone. Furthermore, because we are not alone, we need to trust that there is someone else going through the same thing. Be honest. Lean on God. When we think we are alone, we run into trouble. No matter what is happening in our lives, we are NEVER alone. (Refer to 1 Kings 2:1-3:39, 1 Kings 8:1-9:9, 16:29-19:18, and 2 Kings 25:1-25:30)
- Even though we make mistake after mistake and feel alone, Jesus came to redeem us. In the case of Israel, God sent Elijah and so forth to free them after their small sins became bigger and bigger until they were (yet again) driven into slavery. We are just like the Israelites. We mess up. It starts small and gets bigger. But God sent Jesus because He knows that is how we roll.
I really enjoyed the message. It made sense to me. Enough to regurgitate it to share with others. At least the basic premise.
It also spoke to me… It made me think of times in my life where I have felt alone and I wasn’t. It made me think of the little things in my life that could turn into bigger things. More recently, I have been thinking and praying about my music choices and whether or not I should be listening to songs that have bad language in it or really, really negative content. I am considering cleaning out my music collection a bit. I feel like it is something so small and it doesn’t affect me, but it could someone else. I don’t have many such songs, but still… Enough. So, it is something I plan to do.