September 22, 2004 will be a day that I will remember forever. Seven years ago today, I suffered-but survivedÂ a “widow-maker” heart attack. I completely occluded my left-main coronary artery.Â Thank you LORD for extending my life upon this earth.
The miracles that surrounded that event are numerous. Those people closest to me have heard them before. Whether it was theÂ miracle that my day off had been changed from Tuesday to Wednesday, so that I was at home rather thanÂ 20 miles away at work when I started having the event;
Whether it was the miracle that IÂ left for the hospital rather than calling 911 and would have died at home waiting for an ambulance to arrive; Or whetherÂ it was the miracle that thereÂ was aÂ heart-team already at the hospital atÂ seven in the morning preparing to do an elective-procedure on someone else. They were miracles that God used to save my life.
I am grateful to have lived another 7 years. I have been able to continue to support and enjoy my family, experience the thrill of being a grandparent, authored a national best-seller (well, in my office at least), and learned spiritualÂ lessons that I never knew before.
A local athlete recently suffered the same heart attack and died at the ripe old age of 27. WOW! We all think that we will live a long life and often forget that we aren’t in control of that decision.
I am reminded that we all actually live forever. After we separate from this physical body, weÂ will all rise; some toÂ live, and others to be condemned. John 5:29 Which will it be for you?