“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
~ Albert Einstein
Crises happen upon you when least expect them to. Like tremors, they shake things up. They turn your world upside down, shatter your heart and bring you to your knees.
Two weeks ago my dad suffered a major heart attack. As one would expect, this sent me on an emotional rollercoaster ride, experiencing everything from shock, to fear, panic, to sadness and helplessness. It is difficult to see people whom you love go through trauma. Sometimes no matter how much you remind yourself to accept what is and to trust in the power of the Universe, you never feel prepared for the soul crushing experiences that you are faced with, especially when it involves your parents. It didn’t help that I live in a different place to my parents and could not get there right away. Fortunately, my dad was lucky to survive the heart attack and the surgery that followed.
Throughout this gruelling experience, I have witnessed the work of Divine intervention. If there was ever any doubt that Spirit and angelic helpers were at work in our lives, this experience was enough to convince most people completely.
My father works 2 hours away from home, he commutes to work every day. At the time that his heart attack occurred, he was driving home from work. When he realised what was happening, he managed to drive himself to the nearest town and get to a hospital. The fact that he was able to do this is quite miraculous in my eyes. He could have had an accident on the road. He could have pulled over and given up on getting help because of the debilitating pain. But he didn’t. Instead, he got himself to a rural hospital with only two nurses and one doctor. With minimal supplies, they managed to assist him until an ambulance arrived 45 minutes later to transport him to a bigger hospital another an hour and 15 minutes away, where he underwent heart surgery.
Three days later, he walked out of hospital. He looked frail and thin. It was a scary to see him that way. But for the most part he was pretty much his usual self – driving my mother crazy. The doctors were amazed. Firstly, that he had the ability to drive himself while in the process of having a heart attack. Most people pass out because the pain is so excruciating. Secondly, that he survived the wait for the ambulance as well as being transported. Patients are usually airlifted to bigger hospitals ASAP. The helicopter was not available on that day. They were also amazed at how fast he recovered from the surgery. They said that they’d never seen a case like his. Miracle? You decide. It is in my eyes.
“If you can suffer an acute heart attack, drive 50km to the nearest hospital yourself, wait for the only doctor in a small rural hospital to arrive to provide some treatment, wait another 45 minutes for an ambulance to come from another town, and then travel 1 hour 15 minutes to the nearest city, and then undergo heart surgery, and walk 2 days later, you can pretty much survive anything!” ~ Brian Williams
Each crisis has its lessons. This whole experience has reminded me of how powerful the will of a human spirit can be. The will to survive and to live can give you the strength to overcome and rise above all kinds of circumstances. The conscious mind may not always know the answers. We may not know how you are going to get through something, or how you are going to achieve your dreams. But your Spirit always knows. As the age old adage goes – Where there is a will there is a way. Sometimes when you don’t know how, you just need to be willing. A Course in Miracles teaches about the need for willingness, for it is through being willing that we open a channel to our hearts and allow space for change, transformation and guidance to enter.
I am also humbled by the grace of God. Everything panned out according to Divine timing, leading him to the right people in the right places at the right time. I am grateful that my family is safe and that my dad was given a second chance. I’ve been reminded that life is so precious and that miracles happen every day. We are always blessed with opportunities to make the best of what we have, to start over at any moment, to reach for the stars with our dreams and to make an impact with your life by spreading love, inspiration, joy, peace, hope and the Divine light within you.
You just have to be willing. Are you willing to live? Are you willing to breathe, to experience life’s joys, to dream and to live your life’s purpose? Let your willingness carry you forward to where your destiny flows.