January 4, Marsha took me to the ER at Mercy Bella Vista after I woke her before dawn with severe chest pains. After being stabilized at the clinic, I was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, where I was immediately taken to the cath lab in anticipation of a stent or stents being inserted in any blocked arteries. As I laid on the table waiting for anesthesia to be administered, I didn’t know when I awoke where I would be–in the hospital or before Jesus in heaven. Though I was ready for either, I knew that Marsha was not ready to lose me, and that I have grandkids I want to see get married and have children of their own (a long time from now!) Of MOST importance was that I was at peace with the outcome, whichever it would be. I was not afraid!
I shared this Wednesday evening at the close of the service at Word of Life, knowing that somebody present would have been unsure about the outcome had they been lying on that table instead of me. And, I share it now, asking my readers the same question I asked Wednesday evening. If you were in the place I was in, are you sure if you would have been at peace regardless of the outcome? Or, perhaps you need the assurance that I have–that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21). That only comes when you accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Are you unsure? Message, call, text or email me and I’ll help you. Or open your Bible to Romans 10:9-10 and 13, and become a “whosoever”. Don’t have a Bible? Follow this link: http://bible.com/100/rom.10.9,13.nasb.