In March, a few years ago, I was the executrix of my sister in law's estate whose residence was in another state. After 7 months of work, sale of her three houses had closed the day before. Around 5 p.m. I found that I couldn't catch my breath. I thought that was odd because I hadn't been doing anything physically strenuous.
I called 911. I was transported to the nearest hospital. After a CT scan the ER physician told me I had a massive Pulmonary Embolism, and they couldn't handle it at that hospital. Around midnight I had a hospital transport to a level one trauma center. I was taken directly to the ICU. A heparin drip was immediately started along with instructions that under no circumstances was I allowed to set foot on the ICU floor. I also had bilateral DVTs. They told me I would be there for 7 to 10 days. I told them no, I have to go home tomorrow. I have to feed my dogs.
Later that morning I learned that one of the estate beneficiaries was suing me. I had to provide an immediate estate accounting and not disburse any payments for estate bills. I couldn't even stand up let alone gather the required information.
I recalled the words of Matthew 6:25-26:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
A minister from the church I attended in Virginia paid me a visit. He prayed with me and brought me a prayer shawl. When he put the shawl around my shoulders, I immediately felt safe, and peaceful and loved. I knew immediately that everything would be all right.
My neighbors came to my house and took care of my dogs. I was out of the hospital in 3 days. The judge told the beneficiary to back off. My dogs raced around my house for an hour when they returned home. A settlement was reached with the estate beneficiaries.
Leave your burdens with God.
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