A Beautiful Heart
The phone call I got several months ago from my sister telling me that her 29-year-old husband was going to have to have open heart surgery was the kind of call that makes time stand still. So many questions. So few answers. You don’t appreciate the intricacies of the heart until they are called into question. A condition my brother-in-law was born with had finally revealed itself and the time to deal with it had arrived.
When something is wrong with our heart, it will eventually tell us. We can only hope to get the message before it is too late. So, let me ask you, What is your heart telling you? No, not the one that pumps blood and gives physical life. The one that connects to our Heavenly Father and to each other and gives spiritual life. I am on a constant journey of discovering ailments that originated in my heart and need treatment. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Andy Stanley talks about this in his book “Enemies of the Heart” when he describes how so many of us grow up with consequences and rewards that teach us to modify our behavior, but not necessarily our heart. He says “Eventually your heart – the real you – will outpace your attempts to monitor and modify everything you say and do.”
Treatment can be painful. Surgery is a difficult thing to go through. But isn’t a healthy heart that can sustain life worth it? I can tell you on the flip side of some painful emotional and spiritual heart treatment, that you’re never sorry you dealt with it. What is flowing out of your heart? If you’re not sure, ask your Heavenly Father. He’ll tell you whether or not you need surgery. You also might find it helpful to ask a trusted friend.
I know my brother in law is thankful for a surgery that put him on the path to a long and healthy life. And I’m guessing that someday, the baby girl that my sister is due to have in a few weeks will be to.
What is your heart telling you? What is flowing out of your heart? How do you ensure your heart is healthy?