Some men in our church were working out in the yard recently removing a tree. Chuck was the man on the chainsaw and as he worked he began not to feel well. He went into the shed and sat on the golf cart to catch his breath. However, he began to feel a pain in his chest and arm. Chuck was having a heart attack. He couldn’t alert the other guys so he called his wife. She called the church secretary who found Chuck and called 911. The ambulance arrived very quickly and sped to the hospital with lights and sirens. Just as Chuck arrived at the hospital his heart stopped and he had to be shocked. His heart stopped a total of five times and the crew working on him thought he was not going to make it. But God had other plans for Chuck. He was brought back from the brink of death and the doctors were able to put a stent in the artery that was clogged. Chuck walked out of the hospital in 2 days and is making a full recovery. The ambulance workers, the hospital personnel, Chuck and his friends all call his recovery a miracle.
When I think of Chuck’s chainsaw miracle two lessons seem to stand out to me. The first lesson is: life is so precious we need to live each day as a gift from God. None of us know how long we have on this earth. The Bible tells us: “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). We need to live to the hilt every situation we believe to be the will of God for us. May God awaken us each day with an awareness of the preciousness of another day and the opportunities we have to serve Him.
The other lesson I am reminded of from Chuck’s chainsaw miracle is: God is so sovereign that we need to rest in His loving will. Nothing can happen to us without God allowing it. The book of Job teaches us that even trials and tragedies of life have to pass through His sovereign sieve before they touch us. He will not even allow death to take us until our work is finished.
We all should praise God for everyday miracles. Yet Chuck’s wife tells me she is not letting him handle a chainsaw for a while.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation