Friday, December 21, 2007

Angels We Have Heard On High (And Seen In Person Flying Around Ambulances and Hospitals)

I always have had a hard time relating to literal translations of angels flying around in the Bible. I think I have it figured out now, though. God uses flawed people like you and me, if we are willing. I have seen so many in the last few days, I cannot even begin to count them.

First, of course, is my wife, Colleen. She called 911 and got the first batch of angels to arrive on the scene, the local fire department. It soon became obvious, though, that none of them were trained by Ambulance Driver. But, they were doing God's work, were willing and humble, and He used them.

Then there arrived an angel named Brian, who was an EMT affiliated with a fire department in a more populated area. Brian reminded me of Ambulance Driver, as he did all the things he was supposed to do at my house, then in the ambulance, keeping me alive so I could have the Big One in the hospital!

At the hospital I realized that God has been blessing us with many scientific advances for His people to use while they are doing His work. Except for six instances of severe chest pain, I had a blast watching these angels add God's love and purpose to those scientific advances. First were the numerous nurses and technicians. Then came the marvelous cardiologist and her team of angels. They took away the pain, just as God takes away our sin. From far across the Denver metro area three times came my stepson who is in college. He was by my side at all of the crucial moments, and I will not forget it.

Oh, there was one who did not seem very angelic. I calmly suggested to her that since sick people make her angry, perhaps she should leave the room. I was having too much fun to be upset by one nurse who did not seem to understand what God was doing in those halls of mercy. A.D., I thought of you many times, but that was one time especially that I felt your spirit. The next morning I thought I caught a glimpse of her walking toward the room, then thinking better of it and going home at the end of her shift. Please pray for her, that she finds a career where God can use her talents.

Then I come home in a snow storm to a house filled with rambunctious little people, whose joy is so infectious. I turn on the computer and read the many kind wishes in the comments section, from the chorus of angels who form such a magnificent support group on the web.

I am glad God wants me to stay here a while longer to try to figure out more of His mysteries. My spirit is definitely renewed, and my thankful heart overflows to all of you and to Him, who holds the keys to all of the things that science, for all its wonders, will never fathom.

Oh, and if you are wondering about the fuzzy question marks in the above photo, let me explain. The question marks were on the monitor above my bed, supposedly representing my blood pressure, pulse rate, and breaths per minute. It just struck me as funny, so I took my first picture with my new camera cell phone. I don't know what the 36 in parenthesis is. Maybe I should have a caption contest!


Jeffro said...

Whew! Glad you're ok and home and recovering! Y'all are still in my prayers.

Sanctimonious Hypocrite said...

Awesome, in the original meaning of the word. Have a merry Christmas, and a healthy and happy new year!

Jungle Mom said...

Wonderful to hear from you so soon! you took a picture at a time like that?!?!?!

julie said...

I'm so glad to hear you're back home already! We do live in an age of miracles and wonders.

God bless you and your family, Bob, and after this week I hope you have the best Christmas ever.

Mizz E said...

Bob, Something has set your heart ablaze. Your words, while conveying good news, burn with a renewed spirit.

I think Christmas arrived a tad early at your place! Have a merry one.

Cynthia said...

I agree with Miz E, while your words have also touched so deeply, they have an even more special ring to them now.

Glad you are home, rest and recover well and have a Very Merry Christmas with your beautiful family.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Welcome back, Bob!
Have a very Merry Christmas and an exhilarating New Year!
I'm glad you're back home now, and I'll keep prayin' for you.

Ambulance Driver said...

"A.D., I thought of you many times, but that was one time especially that I felt your spirit."

If you only knew. No less than five e-mails, and even a phone call from Babs, all telling me what happened.

I was praying for you, brother.

Now get your ass out of the hospital and get to blogging again. I'm jonesing for pictures of spectacular Colorado sunsets and cute foster kids. *grin*

Webutante said...

Great news, Bob! Please take care of yourself and let your heart heal and be so joyous in this season of miracles.

God bless you, Colleen and the children. Please let us know what we can do.

Robin Starfish said...

Being around those angels are making for a blessed Christmas - so happy to hear you're home so soon with your family.

Love the ??? picture. Sorry, but I have to laugh - you sitting in hospital with a major heart attack, taking pictures of your monitors.

That's dedication!

Nancy said...

36 = number of prayers per minute for your health and well being?

We are blessed to have you back so soon from the hospital. What a wonderful Christmas present!

Peri1020 said...

I'm so glad you're back home and doing well. Isn't it amazing how God can call forth His angels to bless His children in their time of need?

You and Colleen and the children can definitely say you're going to have the most blessed Christmas of all, because they have you with them. Merry Christmas!

Donetta said...

I am glad your home. I left a post for intersession at your wifes call to prayer. I know many have also held you in prayer. Glad you get more time.

Mimi said...

wow, Bob
I miss your blog for a few days and when I go to check on you what do I find?
I am so sorry to hear of your Heart Attach... but the Angels of God certainly took good care of you...
I am so glad to see that you are doing much better and are back home with the kids (they will certainly lift your spirits)...
Merry Christmas,

Mrs. Who said...

I'm so glad you're home...and thank you for sharing your experience with us. Angels indeed...of course they worked hard. They were working to save one of their own!

Have a merry and blessed Christmas.