Two weekends ago, I was asking the Lord what I could do—I felt like I just needed to get off the Center for a while. I’d love to go to a hotel by myself but that is not safe nor can I afford it. I emailed a few friends asking if I could come stay for the weekend at their place a little ways down the road but hadn’t heard back from them before our MedEvac came up on Friday. I was grateful to go as this was my first MedEvac flight and I wanted to see how they do it while still going with a more experienced nurse and the doctor. As we took off out of the valley, I realized that it was a good thing I hadn’t been able to make my plans for the weekend. They were now obsolete. We knew that we would have to stay the night in Port Morseby and fly back the next morning but I was too focused on the patient and too tired by this point in the week to really think much about it. That is, until we arrived at our hotel.
FIVE STAR!!!! I’ve never stayed in any such hotel ever before in my life! Even the TV remotes each had their own leather portfolio-type covers! The other nurse and I were in awe the whole time! The elevators needed a key card in order to run. The lights and air-control (yes…I said air control!!!) also needed a key card to run (which took us about 10 minutes to figure out!). The bathroom was about the size of my kitchen and dining room here. I had to laugh because, though they had the toilet in its own little room, it was surrounded in clear glass as was the shower! So much for privacy. The shower also had hot water and one of those “rain”-type shower heads directly overhead. Walking into the entry way of the room there was a cowhide luggage rack, beautiful wood closet and mini bar/fridge/coffee area. Even the ice bucket was encased in leather! Original black-and-white photos of PNG hung in silver frames on the walls. The hardwood floors stretched across the whole room. Two queen-sized beds with big fluffy comforters and a mountain of pillows invited us over. Across from that was a leather couch, flat screen TV, coffee table, nicely styled desk with a leather portfolio stuffed with business cards and brochures for local recommended businesses. In order to get to our rooms, we had to cross a sitting/lounge area surrounded with chairs in little reading or chat circles and books available for borrowing set all around the room. The hotel restaurant was an open air restaurant on the 7th floor with an airplane made into decoration hanging from the side (which made our pilot a bit upset as he had flown just such a plane for many years and took it as indecent use of a perfectly good plane!). We passed a very inviting pool on our way into the restaurant, too. Great food. Good friends to enjoy it all with! An amazing night’s sleep—partially due to the nice bed and partly due to the exhaustion from the week and the aftermath of a few good adrenalin rushes this week. Either way, the other nurse and I loved our room and enjoyed nice hot showers, comfy beds, and some time away from the Center in far nicer surroundings than we could ever afford to be in!
Even in the small things, God provides exactly what I need and in such an unexpected and abundant manner as I could never hope for! My God is just that good!