Changing My Future
by Robert Dodson
I am blessed each day I awake. I would like to share a tiny bit of one specific day with you. This particular day is a milestone in my life. What happened to me happens to men and women, even some teenagers and infants, every day somewhere in the world. Most times, it occurs multiple times a day. I am going to share my perspective of my life-changing event. It forever changed me. It should change others as it has changed my life. I had a heart attack on April 1st about noon. It was not a very funny April Fool’s Day prank.
God was giving me a wakeup call. My future depended on how I reacted to this event. I am one of the fortunate people. I am still alive. God was telling me something and wanted me to know it was important. He got my attention. Instead of being angry with my Creator, I submitted to Him. It was not easy. I could be with Jesus, which is a good thing. God was telling me, among other things, I could quite easily join the angels in Heaven.
At the time, I was not nearly ready to be heaven-bound. I had too much to do on earth. Wrong! God does not think about what I want. He thinks about His plan for me. I am supposed to be obedient to His plan. At the time of the attack, I was spending too much time being worldly and far too little time listening to and obeying God. Today, I thank God for taking such a drastic step to awaken me from my disobedience.
Like many others in my condition, I worried about all the wrong bits and pieces of my existence. To allay my fears, I should cast all my cares upon Jesus as 1 Peter 5:7 states.
Just the other day, the Holy Spirit provided me a verse, which is very helpful in dealing with the stress of everyday living, John 16:33. The verse is “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV) .
In spite of the struggles we will face, we would not be alone. Jesus does not abandon us to our struggles. If we remember the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of Jesus in our most troublesome times. It is a lesson I am ready to learn and do.
Are you ready?
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