Updated: Jun 6, 2019
Jeremy was on the mountain top. He was on the top of the world...as though it seemed. He was an adventurer from climbing Mt. Rainier to riding camels around the Pyramids in Egypt. He knew he had to take a break from his life of adventure due to a planned knee surgery, resulting from a work related injury.
In June of 2015 he had knee surgery and the next day he suffered end stage heart failure. How does this happen? So many questions that had no answers. How could my son, fit and healthy, be suffering heart failure, which resulted in six weeks in the hospital. He came out with an LVAD (Left Ventricle Assist Device) or some call it a Mechanical Heart. This mechanical device kept my son alive, until he got a heart transplant.
This was the most difficult mountain Jeremy had to climb, undergoing valleys and cliffs along the way. He once told me that once he saw the view at the top of a mountain, the sunrise and sunset, he felt as though he was having church. He felt so close to God. The climb to the top was extremely difficult, and without good weather conditions one could give up, which he did on one occasion. This mountain of his heart was as difficult as they get. The Lord reminded him of Psalm 23 "...even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death you are with me."
No matter what journey you are on, there are many roads that are rough and steep. As you travel down this road don't forget that the Lord is with you always, even to the ends of the earth. Three and a half years later, Jeremy was given a new heart. He lives because through the death of another, my son can live a full life. Jesus died on the cross so we might live, and live abundantly.
To be continued...