John 14: 25 - 27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27, NKJV
In April 2012, the physician at the walk-in clinic immediately directed me to the emergency department at the hospital after she thrice checked my increasing blood pressure. First I went home to leave my car and jewelry, picked up my book of God’s promises, and called a cab.
My systolic blood pressure measure climbed to 240 in the hospital so the attending physician ordered a CT scan as he thought I likely had a TIA (mini-stroke), once I described the symptoms I had the previous night. The immediate concern was that I could now have a major stroke.
I asked God to lead me to a Scripture verse in my book to help me stay calm. After rejecting the first few I read, John 14:27 resonated with my spirit, specifically the words, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
I repeated the comforting Gospel words of Jesus silently throughout the wait, and prayed fervently that I hadn’t already had a TIA, and I wouldn’t suffer a major stroke.
Four long hours passed before the physician returned and said—to his surprise the CT scan was clear—I did not have a TIA! He then ordered medication to lower my blood pressure intravenously.
It took several months to discover the right combination of medications to control my blood pressure, and that crisis and recovery time left me with some residual effects. But I remain grateful, for the kind of peace only my Saviour could give, and that my prayers were answered.
To God be the glory.
- Phyllis Beauchamp