A month ago I had successful open heart surgery. Three years before I began to experience extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, and lack of focus. My primary care physician detected a heart murmur during a regular check up. She sent me to a cardiologist for testing. Following testing I was diagnosed with a hereditary heart disease called Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. The left side of my heart had grown larger than the right and a portion had hardened restricting a major artery. The cardiologist told me that there was nothing that could be done except treat with medicine and soon I would have cardiac arrest and die.
I did improve with the medication but still had symptoms which limited me physically. I decided to seek another cardiologist who was recommended. He sent me for further testing and referred me to another cardiologist who informed me that surgery could improve my condition. The surgery would remove the hardened section of heart muscle and two bypasses would also be done. This diagnosis gave me much hope. I agreed to have the surgery a week later.
The night before the surgery I had a Scripture verse come into my mind. It was, A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Literally I believe God has given me a new heart, both physically and spiritually. Physically I feel very good and spiritually a new outlook is coming into focus. Although I have ministered as an evangelist for almost fifty years I am sensing a shift in this calling. This shift seems to be from a church-type evangelist to a call to leaders in America and Israel. How this will develop or be walked-out remains to be seen. I only know that I have a new heart and new vision.