Last week was a bit challenging for me. As I’ve been successfully overcoming my fear of speaking up and letting my voice be heard, I still find that I struggle when it comes to other areas in my life. My health, from time to time causes me to doubt and worry. Sometimes I forget to believe and exercise my faith. I’ve had healthy challenges in the past. From blood clots, to having an ovarian cyst rupture while being on blood thinners, to an emergency appendectomy, my body has truly had some experiences.
Well this past week, that ugly little thing known as fear, crept up. See as a result of my blood clot, I was given an IVC Filter to protect my vital organs from future blood clots. And if you’ve watched any amount of TV lately, I’m sure you’ve seen all the legal commercials stating they now take IVC Filter cases. Well this caused a panic in me, since I’ve had one (for the past 11 years) it was time to have it removed. The filters have been breaking and causing serious damage. My doctor thought it was time. After seeing a lung specialist and making the appointment for the removal, all sorts of fears surfaced.
A few of the risks were that the filter wouldn’t come out easy making the surgery more complicated and even longer. Or it could have broken, or there could have been serious bleeding, since the route to the filter was through my neck. So with all of that, I could only focus on all the things that could have gone wrong. I almost forgot the God I serve and how through all those surgeries in the past, He saved me. So why wouldn’t He save me this time too.
As always, God was there and my outpatient surgery last Thursday went just as expected. The filter came out with ease and there wasn’t much bleeding. Aside from a little pain afterward, I feel better than ever. Through all my health challenges, I believe God saved me for something. He saved me so I could create this blog and reach other women in the world like me. He saved me so I could write A Conversation Piece: 32 Bold Relationship Lessons for Discussing Marriage, Sex, and Conflict, so I could help to heal broken marriages. He saved me so I could co-raise my two daughters with my amazing husband. He saved me so I can make an impact to the individuals I train at my daytime job. He saved me so I could share my gift of coaching with others. Yes, he saved me and I am forever grateful. I will not waste this precious gift God has given me. See at this point in my life I have to be bold. I have to take risks. I have to step out on faith.
Bolder Sisters, I know I’m not the only one God has saved for a special purpose. What has He saved you from and what did He save you for?
I would love to hear from you. Share in the comment section what you are doing with your second chance.