When the Unexpected Happens


I was sitting in the cold, bright room looking at my husband, who was laying down on the small, hard bed. The walls were a drab grey and everything appeared crisp and clean. Typical medical facility, I suppose. His shirt was un-buttoned and EKG wires were monitoring his heart. The doctors and nurses seemed rushed. I knew the looks on their faces. I knew the hushed tones. Several years before I’d worked in an ER setting long enough to know what this meant. The taste of blood filled my mouth and I realized I’d been chewing on my lip just a bit too hard.

When the Unexpected Happens #unexpected #life #stressedout #fear

We were driving home from Sunday lunch just 45 minutes before. We spent the morning at church, and now it was time for a nap. Sunday afternoon naps. Aren’t they the best? The afternoon was going to be perfect.

But on the way home, John started having chest pains on his left side. This has happened before, but this time it was different. The pain was crushing him and he was short of breath.

Now we were in at the hospital, and I was waiting for the worst.

John has an extensive cardiac history in his family. His two best friends died while they were in their 30’s.

Do you see how easy it was for me to fear the worst?

And although I truly did fear the worst, the peace I felt in that moment was so much that it seemed illogical.

When the unexpected happens in life, it seems easy for fear to rear it’s ugly head, but I’ve learned that we can not allow ourselves to operate in that fear, otherwise it will devour us.

If we operate in fear, it will devour us! #fiercelyHis #saltandlightlinkup Click To Tweet

John didn’t have a heart attack, thank God. I do believe He provided a miracle that day.

Today’s feature is Laura Thomas, and I may or may not have picked her because of her accent as she is from Wales. KIDDING. Kidding, you guys. But, you do know how obsessed I am with accents, so it definitely was a perk! 😉

Seriously, I picked Laura as our feature because I totally get her post. Although all of us would probably love for life to be perfect and in order, it just isn’t. Unexpected things happen.

Life happens.

Be sure and check out Laura’s post before linking up!

Oh, and guess what?? We’ve got #fiercelyHis merchandise launching soon! And y’all, they are CUTE. I posted a sneak peek on Facebook, if you missed it click here!


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  1. Those moments of uncertainty can be so difficult, especially when you have so many possibilities swirling in your head. Grateful for a good outcome, and knowing that God never left your side.

  2. Hi Shannon, I’m elated to hear that your husband is doing fine. Sorry about that afternoon nap, though. 🙂 I can’t wait to read Laura’s post; and I’m not the least bit slighted that my post wasn’t picked because I have a boring, American (even worse: Brooklyn!) accent. Oh…congrats on the Fierce t-shirts. Can’t wait to rock one! I’ll take a pic and upload it- ’cause I’m “fierce” like that! 🙂 Thanks for hosting and have a blessed day.

  3. Wow, those emergency room moments are the worst, but thanks for reminding us we don’t have to fear. (I’ve been there with my husband too, not with heart issues, with mini-stroke. Scary, but it all worked out in the end. Mercy. Sheer Mercy.)

    Thanks for hosting us today.

  4. Sunday naps ARE the best! ER moments ARE the worst! And your story was very touching! God always comes through!

  5. Laura Thomas says:

    Wow! It’s Laura-with-the-accent here! 😉 Thanks SO much for picking my post to feature! I’m super encouraged and hope I, in turn, can be an encouragement to your sweet readers and friends. Blessings to you!

  6. Maree Dee says:

    I am so glad your husband was okay. I don’t like what the unexpected brings yet I love that unexplainable feeling of peace in the midst of it.

  7. Robin says:

    I’ve had more than my share of the unexpected in my journey. I am grateful, thankful that God has brought me through each one of the challenges. I’m grateful for His word and His promises! Thank you for always trusting us with your story Shannon. So true, if we operate in fear, it will devour us!

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