Back in 2006, wild life expert Steve Irwin tragically died when a stingray
“barb” shot through heart. His natural instinct was to pull it out, and experts
say that’s what killed him. Had he left it in and been rescued, there was a
possibility surgery could have saved his life. Dr Eugene Costantini, who
operated on 82-year-old American stingray victim James Bertakis, said that Irwin
might have been able to receive vital medical attention had he not ripped the
barb out of his chest. "The key was the removal that released the blood flow
from the inside of the heart and I think that was probably the final event for
Steve . . . If [the barb] had been left in place, he might have had the
opportunity to make it to a hospital.''
The following year (2007) was a
difficult one for me. Incident after incident took place to a point where I felt
stabbed through the heart. My natural instinct was to try and justify myself. I
wanted to take things into my own hands, but I didn’t. I instead committed
myself into the hands of the Chief Surgeon. I did so because I knew that that is
God’s way, and to do things His way is a life-saver indeed. Look at Jesus, our
great example in Scripture: “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his
mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he
threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously . . . ” (1
So if you are going through a tough time, and you feel like
taking things into your own hands, stop and think about it for a moment. It may
seem like the right thing to do, but the consequences may be tragic.
Speaks to me. What do you say?