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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Busy with God's "Other" Plans

Life happens and sometimes keeps you from carrying out your own plans. Actually, if I said that in light of God and His sovereign rule over me, I'd simply say, "God had other plans for me today."

So, if you came here yesterday looking for Menu Plan Monday or today looking for Tickle Bone Tuesday you may have been disappointed. But that was God's plan. He put other things before me and I have not had the opportunity to post either for several reasons. One of those reasons I'll share with you.

Yesterday, my husband, Robert, had a heart procedure done. It was needful because his heart has been in an abnormal arrhythmia since October of last year. He has basically been disabled by this condition since whenever he does anything slightly strenuous his heart rate goes up to over 200 beats per minute which puts him down on the couch until he is no longer dizzy and weak and his breathing is no longer labored.

So he underwent a "cardio-conversion" yesterday. This is similar to what you see on television hospital shows when a patient is shocked with the dreaded paddles to bring him back to life, though the procedure is a little more sophisticated nowadays.

Robert was given an anesthetic. And, to make a long story short, the cardio-version worked on the first try. He is now back in his regular "sinus" rhythm, though the doctors say it could convert back to the bad rhythm at anytime. We are praying for the Lord to keep his heart regular for good. Only He can do that. And we know the procedure worked because of Jehovah Rophe, our Healer.

During the past seven years, (Robert's problems began then, first with atrial fibrillation and then with the other arrhythmia that was corrected yesterday), God has displayed His goodness to us. The difficulty has been from His hand of love for our good and His glory. That is the truth that has kept us from becoming discouraged when full days for Robert (sometimes 3 & 4 times a week) have been spent out of commission on the couch.

We have continued to counsel our hearts with the knowledge that not one minuscule thing comes to us from a source other than God's sovereign hand of love. We know that Zeph. 3:17 is true, "The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing." He quiets our anxious hearts with His magnificent love. And to know that He even rejoices over and delights in us - that kind of goodness I just cannot comprehend. Because He is so good, I know His plan is good also.

Just thought I'd let you know what I've been up to and why Monday's and Tuesday's "regular" posts were down. God had other plans.


Rubyann said...

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for sharing about Robert and God’s faithfulness in healing him and in caring for both of you throughout this trial. He truly is our one true Comfort who meets our every need in every possible way. Praise God! Andrew and I will pray for Robert’s continued health.


Bern said...

Hi Sharon!
What a praise to hear that the procedure was successful. Thomas had mentioned that Robert was not 100% when they spoke at the HFG mtg a while back. We'll continue to pray that God allow the procedure to keep his heart stable.

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