I like the conversation Bob Benson recounts in his book, See You at the House, about his friend who’d had a heart attack. For a while it seemed his friend wouldn’t make it. But he recovered.
Months later Bob asked him, “How did you like your heart attack?”
“It scared me to death, almost.”
“Would you do it again?”
“Would you recommend it?” Bob asked.
Then Bob asked him, “Does your life mean more to you now than it did before?”
“You and your wife always had a beautiful marriage, but are you closer now than ever?” “Yes.”
“Do you have a new compassion for people—a deeper understanding and sympathy?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Do you know the Lord in a richer fellowship than you’d ever realized?”
Then Bob said, “So, how’d you like your heart attack?”
Deuteronomy 11:2 reminds us to remember what you’ve learned about the Lord through your experience with Him. Do that, my friend, and your mess will become your message!