Just One Breath...
My night ended like every other night. I locked the doors, turned out the lights and then slipped my tired body into bed. I had no warning, nothing to prepare me for what would happen only a couple hours later.
That morning, I went into the office and worked for several hours and had casual conversations with my co-workers/friends. I had my nails filled on my lunch hour and stopped by the store for the ingredients needed for my dinner. I had been craving taco’s for a few days, so I decided I would make them for dinner that night. After posting “Guess what I’m having for dinner” on Facebook, two of my kids decided to visit us that night. Of course it was to see me and Dan. We had a good laugh over it, and I committed to not post on Facebook “what’s for dinner” if we expected to have any leftovers.
You see, nothing extraordinary in my day that would warn me what was to come. As I moved about the day, going through the motions, I took for granted that tomorrow would be the same. Only now I know it wasn’t.
After a couple of games of Sudoku on my iPad, I put it aside and drifted off to sleep. At 12:55 AM it happened. I awoke from my bed sitting straight up and completely unable to breathe. I’ve never had this happen before. I immediately began to panic as I struggled to catch my breath. At this point, Dan was running around the room turning on lights shouting “what’s wrong?” Only I couldn’t respond as I was coughing, wheezing and trying to breathe. For a moment it appeared to be a dream, one that I wanted to wake up from. It felt like hours passed, and I couldn’t get any air in my lungs, when at last I coughed and was finally able to take in that life saving oxygen.
As I look back on this experience this week, it was a frightening moment but I realized how precious my life really is. I am not guaranteed one more year, one more day or even one minute on this earth. We are all one breath away from life and death. One step from victory and defeat. One choice away from good and evil. One prayer away from Heaven and Hell.
Joshua 24:15 Choose you this day, whom you will serve!
Your just one breath away, just one step, just one choice and just one prayer.
Choose life, choose victory, choose good and say One prayer. “Jesus, please forgive me of my sins and come be Lord of my life.”
PS. I am fine. I have LPR (silent reflux) and I have not been eating right so it was out of control. Back to my strict diet the next day.