Monday, October 08, 2007

Transplant

You’ve blown it. It’s been a horrible day, the kids have been extra-disobedient, everything has gotten on your nerves and you finally lost it. You yelled at them, or your husband, and maybe even said some things you wished you could take back. Maybe, you think, they’d even be better off without you.

Guess what? You’re not a bad person. In fact, you’re quite normal.

But, you might consider a heart transplant.

In heart transplant surgery, when the surgeon removes the old, diseased heart, he replaces it with a newer, but cold and lifeless heart. He begins his work and about 30 minutes later, takes the patient off the pump that has been keeping them alive and tests the series of stitches he has just made. Then, he places the patient back on the pump and continues to stitch the remaining arteries. After about an hour, the surgeon removes the patient from the pump again, removes a final clamp, and watches as blood fills the heart, turning it a bright, vibrant red. Life! Because life is where the blood flows.

A person whose life was fading quickly away now awakens to a new hope. A future.

Not, however, without challenges. The patient will forever be on a strict regimen of a dozen medications a day, designed to force the body to accept the new organ.

And here’s another amazing thing. Heart transplant patients are guaranteed they will never physically feel heart pain again. When a heart is transplanted, all the nerve endings leading to it are severed. It is impossible to reattach those nerve endings. If they have another heart attack, they won’t even feel it.

Now, think about it. We have a Great Physician who is just waiting for our permission to give us a “heart transplant”. In fact, He says we can have a new heart every day! It doesn’t take a few hours to perform the transplant; it happens the moment we make the choice to have that new heart. We trade our worn, lifeless, blackened heart for one that is flowing with the lifeblood of the One who went before us to take every burden we would ever have. And the nerve endings are severed! He took our pain as well.

Today, trade in your tired, hurting heart for a transplant. And keep it healthy and alive with a strict regimen of reading, believing, and walking in His Truth.

Lamentations 3:23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Ezekial 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

5 comments:

Ali said...

I read something interesting about the heart last week that I never thought of. In 1 John 3:20 it says " Whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts", and he knows everything. Beth Moore was making the point that our hearts may tell us " I don't love my husband anymore, I'll never love my parents, I'll never be able to love God more than myself" All these things our hearts will trick us into thinking because we are human. But God is greater than our hearts! We should all get heart transplants so we won't feel these human things.

HomeSchool Mommy said...

I just love reading your blog! I'm SOOOO glad you're blogging regularly again!

Erica Buchanan said...

I love your blogspot! Good stuff!

Robin Meadows said...
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Robin Meadows said...

Wow! THREE comments in ONE day! People actually read this?? LOL

Really though, thanks for your thoughts.

Ali - you continue to AMAZE me with your insight! I love you!

hsm - You rock! I think you are my most faithful reader!!

Erica - I MISS you! Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement. You've got some great things on your blog!!