"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." – Lamentations 3:22-23
As many of you know, I am one of those who had a reaction to receiving a coronavirus vaccination shot. I received the first of my two Pfizer shots on March 27 of this year. By the next day I felt greatly fatigued and not "right." This continued into May when Burning Hearts' Men's Discipleship Group does their annual 5k runs. During both runs I felt as though I could not get my breath. I wrote it off to just getting older, but I couldn't understand why there should have been such a marked difference between this year and last year. Finally, a few weeks later I went to see the doctor. He immediately spoke to me about my heart being out of rhythm. I told him about how all of my fatigue and shortness of breath began the day after my first coronavirus shot. Although I have had some heart issues since around 2004 or 2005, these past issues were always easily corrected by a small pill. But with this, the arrhythmia had become chronic and no pills, sleep or rest would seem to change it. The doctor's opinion was that the COVID vaccination shot had "triggered" (his words) atrial fibrillation in my heart. And so, he sent me to a cardiologist.
I had a great interview with a Dr. Pinelli at the Limespring Penn State Health Clinic. He scheduled a stress test. But on the day of the stress test, they were unable to do the test because my heart was beating so fast (137 bpm) and in such an erratic way that the test, to them, would be meaningless. And so I was scheduled for a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) followed by an electric cardioversion (shock). This took place this past Monday at the Hershey Medical Center. I am so pleased to announce that all went well and that since Monday my heart has (finally) been back in sinus rhythm. Before they "put me under" for these two procedures they had me sign a number of forms noting that either procedure could result in "bleeding, stroke or death." I signed them, not only because I was willing to trust the medical personnel, but also because I believed (and believe) that God is over all things. After signing the forms I said to Ruth, "I'm prepared if this is the end. But the truth is, I think I would prefer death over a stroke." She agreed. But all went well.
The fact is our lives are in the Lord's hands EVERY DAY. We don't need to be at the Hershey Medical Center to realize that "bleeding, stroke or death" could come our way on any day. The prophet Jeremiah understood this well when he wrote in Lamentations 3:22-23,
"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
The fact that you woke up this morning is because of God's love, mercies and faithfulness. Should you survive to see tomorrow, it will be because of God's love, mercies and faithfulness. As followers of Jesus we believe that our life is in God's hands today and every day. Therefore, we are not anxious about things. The Lord knows!
May we all keep every moment of every day in this perspective.