Yesterday I had to go to Valley Medical Center in Renton Washington. My friend, who is 40, had a heart attack on Sunday. He is now OK. We saw him, he's in good spirits, and appears to have no residual effects from the heart attack.
Its kind of scary though. He's 40 years old, exercises, and had a heart attack? Heart attacks are what happens to old people who are overweight, don't exercise, and smoke a lot. It doesn't happen to people who are 40. At least, that's what I thought.
I don't want to be macabre about the whole thing, but he almost went to be with Jesus on Sunday. He was participating in a 12K run, and had the attack during the last mile and was able to make it to the finish line. It was quite convenient that he had it on Sunday. Next week he was supposed to be in rural Honduras on a mission trip. What would have happened then?
Here's the deal about my friend. He's a great guy. Wonderful personality. Lots of love. Great husband and father. He loves God. You couldn't find a better guy. He's stellar. But no matter who you are and what you do, you can't control when calamity may come knocking on your door. It could happen to any of us. What I love about seeing him yesterday was his attitude.
It was so apparent that he wasn't going to let this ruin him. No complaints, no misery, no 'woe is me'. If you would have saw him in street clothes you wouldn't have known what happened. My friend knows what a lot of people don't know- its not what happens to you, its how you respond to it. He could use the attack as a reason to be upset with God, or the world, or himself. He could be scared, sad, or worried, but he's not. He's charging forward, knowing that God is going to see him through this as He has shown him through everything else.
Here's the nugget for the day- you may not have had a heart attack, but I'm sure you've had or will have some calamity in your life. Don't let it ruin you. Deal with it with an attitude that declares that this calamity will not be your end. Praise God for victory through times of trial, knowing that you will get through it.
ps- Oh yea, check out the pic of this guy who was my Valet yesterday at the hospital. Doesn't he look a bit like the Commander in Chief? Rather fitting he's wearing a "Health Care" hat isn't it? Do you think he looks like him?