An Encouraging Word....
I had an interesting experience last week. Tuesday morning, I drove up to Peekskill for a monthly meeting with area pastors. Before the meeting got underway, one of the men in the group suddenly began to feel sick. He complained of feeling dizzy and was having some difficulty breathing. We laid him on the floor and then he began throwing up. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation we called 911.
Since the man involved was a friend of mine, I followed the ambulance to the hospital. I sat with him and helped him as best I could until his wife arrived. Then I sat with my friend and his wife while the doctors ran tests to determine the cause of his symptoms.
It turned out to be one of those good, bad experiences. It was definitely an awkward, frightening, bad experience. As we laid my 69 year old friend on the floor, we all silently feared that he could be suffering a fatal heart attack. Still this bad experience turned out good for my friend because after a series of tests at the hospital, the doctors concluded that he had not suffered a heart attack after all. He apparently had a severe stomach bug that came on suddenly and from which he has now made a full and speedy recovery.
My friends’ bad experience was good for me too. When I left the hospital and got to my car, I immediately called Sue to tell my wife that I loved her. With so much to do before Christmas, the stress level seems to go up with every passing day. But there at that hospital, as I contemplated the possibility of my friend’s death, I was reminded of the difference between what seems to matter and what really matters.
There are only a few shopping days left. Like me, you probably still have much to do. But I hope you and I will let my friend’s bad experience teach us a good lesson. This Christmas, don’t sweat the small stuff.