Commentary By: Gordon King
Hello my friends! I hope and pray that you are all well.
I am writing to you today because of something that happened to me this past week. I was stricken with a serious heart attack. It started about a week and a half ago when I started having very bad chest and throat pains, I assumed that it was some sort of bacterial infection or virus. The pain was so bad, debilitating pain, that on my way home from work this past Saturday (just a few days ago) I drove myself to the emergency room, this was exactly one week after I began having the pains.
They immediately began running tests on me including an EKG, took blood samples, administered nitro-glycerin, then the cardiologist told me that I either had or was having a heart attack and that he was going to admit me into the hospital. The next morning, Sunday, I underwent surgery, both to find blocked arteries in my heart but also to then open them up and place stents in them if necessary. I ended up having one stent placed.
I was released from the hospital last night and my son picked me up and drove me home. It’s a bit difficult for me to do much writing or anything else with my right hand because they ran a cardiac catheter through the radial artery in my right wrist into my heart. I was given a brace to wear for the first week and told not to over use my right hand.
Just a little over a week ago when I first started having these chest pains one person made some comments to me on this site, he said that he was still waiting for me to die! It truly makes me wonder if this heart attack was not brought on by evil spirits attempting to bring me down? I know that it has slowed me down, but it has no victory over me! I may be temporarily incapacitated but not defeated.
And even if I were to die then so be it, I know that I would be with the Lord. The funny thing is that during this whole process in the hospital I wasn’t in fear of death at any moment. The only thing that concerned me was leaving my children behind without a father, other than that I was ready to go if it was the Lord’s will to call me home! Actually there was one other reason that I didn’t want to die, I want to be raptured with the church! It may be a selfish reason, but I really do want to be raptured while I am still alive, but either way, the most important thing is that I will be with the Lord forever!
I’m not out of the woods yet my friends, the doctor told me that my heart was not functioning at full capacity and that it had been damaged from the heart attack. My heart is weak and vulnerable to increased stress. I need to be taking the medications that I was given, eat healthy at all times, and follow a recommended exercise program, all of these things need to be done as a lifestyle change for the rest of my life. But, I also need prayers, I need prayers for my healing, for the healing of my heart tissue, for the healing of the blood vessels and arteries, for the functional capacity of my heart.
Whatever happens to me we all only have a short time on this earth my friends. One day we all will either die or be raptured first, that’s it!
If I wasn’t born-again then I would probably fear death, but I don’t! I don’t fear death but have concern for those that are left behind, this is my only concern about dying.
I didn’t expect something like this to happen to me at this age, I figured that at some point in time that it might, that the odds go up as we get older. But that’s just it, none of us know what will happen to us day by day, some people drop dead of a heart attack or cardiac arrest at a very early age, you just never know, none of us do!
It’s the pain and suffering that we go through in this life that make us who we are, that lead us to believe in what we believe. Some distance themselves further away from God, they cannot understand why a sovereign God would allow things like this to happen, while some use it as an opportunity to become closer to God, they know that God is in control of all things, even when the chips are down, even when we face adversity, even if we are in pain and suffering, God is in control and will make all things work together for our good if we trust in Him! It’s not easy being in pain, believe me I know, and I cannot say that I understand what it is like to have severe chronic and debilitating pain, I cannot. But I can say that nothing in this world will last forever, all things will come to an end and when they do we will find ourselves in one of two places, either in heaven with the One who created it all, or in hell with the one who rebelled against Him.
I will be taking some time to recover and will not be posting like normal for a little while.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!