A Heart Attack with a Divine Appointment
We had been praying for a friend to accept Christ, but he was struggling. Sometimes an answer to prayer requires a dramatic life storm that puts us in the boat with Jesus crying out for help. This is the storm we found ourselves in on Christmas day.
Mark 4:37-40: A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Karen and I were opening Christmas presents with family when we got a frantic call from a dear friend. He called to tell us that his mother was having chest pain.
After hearing his mother’s story, it sounded like a cardiac emergency and recommended she go immediately to the ER and I would call ahead to alert them she was coming. My partner said he would also ask the Cardiologist and the cardiac team, who had just finished a case, to wait for her to arrive. While in the car her pain became worse, and the EKG in the ER showed that she was in the process of having a massive heart attack. They took her immediately to the cardiac lab for a procedure to open the blood vessel. The blood vessel that was blocked supplies most of the heart muscle and without immediate intervention survival is unlikely.
As the body of Christ when one suffers, we all suffer and we could not imagine the fear and anxiety they must be feeling so we all headed to the hospital.
I have been inspired by our travels with Teach To Transform when we have seen powerful humbling acts of love. Our partners are courageous even when they face persecution with the possibility of imprisonment, beatings or even death.
Do you show Compassion when it’s not convenient?
When was the last time you missed an opportunity to visit a friend in the hospital?
When was the last time you made a call or brought food to a neighbor who was sick?
We arrived to find her husband quietly sitting in the waiting room. He was struggling with his faith and despite his wife and son speaking to him about Christ he was still searching to know Jesus.
He was about to have a “Divine Appointment” that would change everything.
We anxiously prayed and after about twenty minutes, which seem like hours, we got the news that the cardiologist was able to open the blood vessel and prevent the heart attack.
The Final Divine Appointment
After hearing the news, we thanked God.
When she came out of the procedure, I prayed with her in the hallway and thanked the cardiologist and team for staying. I shared with her that she almost had her final divine appointment that would have her looking into the eyes of Christ and I asked her, “Do you know Him?”
She tearfully said she was going to deepen her relationship with Christ.
I then turned to her husband and shared what had happened through the eyes of Christ.
Do you see your storm through the eyes of Christ?
I explained that he could have been going home alone tonight without the hand of Christ calming this storm.
Where was Jesus in the storm, was this coincidence, good luck or the hand of God?
You called on Christmas and despite us celebrating our Christmas with family, we picked up the phone call.
The cardiologist just happened to be in the hospital doing a case on Christmas evening. If the cardiologist and cardiac team had to be called in, there would have been an unavoidable delay possibly costing her life.
When my partner asked the cardiologist and cardiac team to stay even before he saw her in the ER. They graciously agreed despite wanting to get home with their families for Christmas.
I shared with him that there were too many events that had to happen to explain this by chance or coincidence. I prayed with him that Christ would open his eyes to see that Jesus Christ changed everything.
The story continues as she recovered, and her husband began seeking Christ. He committed his life to Christ and was eventually baptized months later with a celebration that we have added one more to the Kingdom of Heaven.
For His Glory,
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister by Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ. You can subscribe to Dr. Tom’s weekly blog, Divine Appointments, to read more stories and learn more about the mission of Teach To Transform.