Heart Problems – Pondering Providence

As I heal from my procedure on Friday, I have pondered the providence of God.  I am grateful today for the following:

  • My P.A. Mary Catherine Henderen who insisted I see a well-respected heart specialist in Chattanooga.
  • My blood test and four EKG’s which showed no signs of a heart attack.
  • My friend Vonnie who came in the middle of the night to watch the kids while we visited the ER.
  • My boss who graciously allowed me to take time off for several appointments and my procedure.
  • My amazing wife who sat with me during a visit by EMTs, a night at the ER, and as I went through my heart cath.
  • My mother-in-law and sister-in-law who watched the children much of the day on Friday.
  • My experience at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga–a center of healing which is unashamed of faith in God.
  • My God prompting compassionate people at Memorial Hospital to render their services to us free-of-charge.
  • My nurse–Kay–who quietly said, “Praise the Lord” when the IV stick worked at her first attempt.
  • My results from the heart cath–a clean heart acting normally.
  • My healing–no complications as of yet.
  • My children–who were praying rather than worrying.
  • My students–some of whom cared enough to ask “How did it go?”
  • My weekend–rainy days perfect for the R&R I needed.
  • My friends–many of whom prayed for me over the past month or so.

I’ll stop at fifteen.  As you can see, there are many reasons for which I should be grateful.  My God has been exceedingly gracious to me.  He has not treated me as my many sins deserve.  We have seen His hand throughout this situation.  And I have also seen yet again how very kind He has been in providing me Jodi as my wife.  She has shined throughout this ordeal.  As we approach our twenty-second wedding anniversary, I am more “in love” with her now than I ever.  How thankful I am!

Thanks for stopping by for the update.  If you prayed, thank you so much.  We are convinced that the Lord both heard and answered those prayers.  It is our hope that He has been exalted through all the appointments and conversations.

I close by quoting my nurse  on Friday,



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