April 14, 2018, I left the Radiant Roanoke Women’s Conference early. My chest hurt and I found it difficult to breathe. Once home, I slept for three hours and woke with a pounding sensation in my chest. Despite the three-hour rest, my blood pressure skyrocketed and my pulse thumped at a whopping 122 beats per minute. I swiftly packed an overnight back and my beloved drove me to the ER.
EKG, chest X-rays, CT scan, and blood work all pointed to one cause: “extensive bilateral pulmonary embolisms.” In everyday language, both lungs were full to the brim with blood clots. Physicians later determined the cause as one of the medications used to regulate the flare-ups of my chronic illness, Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis.
Blood clots in the lungs are fatal, but God’s grace prevailed.
Deep draughts of air expand my lungs to their full measure. There is no more pain and no more coughing. The pulmonary embolisms are gone. With each breath, I meditate and count inhaling grace, two, three, four then exhaling praise two, three, four. Rather than being angry at the turn of events in my life, I am thankful. Thankful our resurrected King is still in the business resurrecting lives.
Our resurrected King is still in the business resurrecting lives.
This situation taught me the grace of God is more than a spiritual principle; it penetrates on an intracellular level for our good and for His glory. As we continue into Holy Week, let us remember to give God thanks for the resurrected King and grace in our lives.
“Tis grace that brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.”—Amazing Grace by John Newton (1725-1807)
~April Dawn White
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