Last night, close to midnight, my husband Gray had a mild to moderate heart attack in the middle of the big snowfall. He did not want to call 911, thinking it was not anything serious, but after while we did anyway.
The responders were very quick, kind, compassionate and thorough. It was slow going through the snow. While riding in the front seat plowing through the snow, I looked at the driver and said, “This is probably the worst possible time for this to happen.” He looked at me and said, “Actually, it’s probably the best possible timing. There’s hardly anyone at the hospital tonight, and they are there waiting for you.”
His words were so true. When we got there around 1:30 am, the doctor and prep team was waiting for us at the door. By 2:30 am, a stent had been put in successfully, and the doctor was already in the waiting room, giving me the details.
Thank you, precious God!
The timing was perfect for Gray to receive urgent care immediately!
Many times we look around, and all we see is the storm swirling. And yet because of this storm, we were delivered safely to our destination.
When I was all by myself in the waiting room at 2:00 am, I asked the Lord,
“Should I call someone? There’s no one to pray but me.”
I heard Him say in my spirit these words from Romans 8:26-27: “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” The Holy Spirit met me in that lonely, desolate room to pray with me. His peace has been so real to our family.
Perfect timing…For me to be alone and only have the Holy Spirit. He taught me and comforted me.
A few weeks ago, Gray preached on Paul and Silas and how, in the midst of the greatest suffering, they praised the Lord and sung of His greatness. And the prisoners were watching. Their response to trial was to praise God in such a way that people came to know Him.
My hope is that as our family goes through this, that God will receive our trust, praise and thanks, and that as the “prisoners” watch, they might be pointed to Him.
Thank you again, God, for your perfect timing and meeting our needs.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)
UPDATE: The cardiologist told us that night that it looked as if there had been about 70% damage to Gray’s heart. The next day, however, he said, ” There was no damage. You have been blessed!” And he let us come home unexpectedly!
Paula Mills Little is a pastor’s wife. Her husband, Gray, is pastor/church planter of New Spring Church, in Mars Hill, NC. They have two grown sons–one married and the other one about to be, and they have both been called into the ministry. Paula loves serving God with her husband. For more about New Spring church, Paula, and there ministry visit: http://www.newspringmarshill.org/
Debbie is co-founder of Shine! Ministries and a partner with The Polished Conference. She would love to come speak at your next women’s event. For more information visit her website: www.debbiepresnell.com or visit her page on facebook: shineministriesnc. Contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.