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March 20
by PastorMatthewBarnett

Going Home…Full Of Miracles

Wednesday, I was working out with my trainer and was exhausted beyond belief. Huffing, puffing, and wheezing. Heart rate would not go down for a long time.  Got up the next morning and suddenly everything took my breath away.  Walking up a few stairs, even putting on my clothes.  I decided to go to the doctor.  I told him it was probably a chest cold.  He did an EKG, checked my vital signs and everything was perfect. He looked me in the eye and said, “I know this sounds crazy, I have no evidence of anything wrong but my HUNCH is you need to go to the E.R. “

I thought, “Ok, I’ll go but a hunch?”  Kind of ridiculous.  They did a CAT Scan and found that I had pulmonary embolism.  Major blood clots on my lungs.  Day-by-day choking the air out of my lungs.  The doctor said, “There’s a better than 50% you would not have made it on your plane trip Sunday. You were 48 hours away from possible death.”

I wept at God’s grace.  How amazing it truly is. A doctor acting on a hunch, being forced to go in because of the marathon on Sunday (Normally too stubborn).  A few days before that I was huffing and puffing in a softball tournament about to faint. Our team was winning by ten runs last inning and if we win we would keep on playing more games. The other team made a ten run rally with two outs in the last inning to come back and win. The other team making that comeback allowed us to go home. One more victory would have meant two more games and could have sent me over the edge.

WHEN YOU LOOK DEATH IN THE EYE AND GOD SAVES YOU A SECOND CHANCE ANOINTING CONSUMES YOU.

You see God in everything. You see Him in the little hunches the doctor has, even though the doctor has no idea the Spirit is leading him. You see God in dropped balls and crazy losses that ultimately lead to saving your life. There’s a song by George Strait called, “I saw God today.” It was about a man who finally opens his eyes and sees God in everything. I can honestly say, “I saw God today….and all week.”

I know I received a second chance at life. Now, it’s time to see God in everything. I will no longer live my life bypassing God but will see His hand in everything. I’m thankful, still a little startled, but so fired up to live like a new man. Thank you all for the prayers. I love you!

P.S. – Blood clots are being dissolved and I will be getting home care all week.  Might be at church Thursday; for sure Sunday.

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