"Create in me a Clean Heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me"
Imagine going to your doctor for your annual medical checkup. While he checks your blood pressure, takes an EKG and extracts some blood, the doctor may ask how you feel. You explain that you’re just a little tired, but other than that, you feel well.
After all the testing is done and the results are in, your doctor calls you back to the office. As you enter the examination room, it’s obvious that the doctor is uncomfortable, and you ask what the problem is. The doctor looks at you and says, ‘I’m sorry, you have a heart condition.’
Can you even imagine what would be running through your mind at this time? Almost overnight, you would probably change your diet, exercise more, and look at your entire lifestyle.
A special friend wasn’t feeling well this past week. When the symptoms worsened, she reluctantly but finally agreed to get things checked out at the doctor’s office.
Over the course of the next couple days, and after much prodding and probing and a battery of tests, it was revealed she’d been born with a slight, small hole in her heart and had experienced a heart murmur.
Her “condition” hadn’t shown up prior to this past week, never manifesting itself in any way. In fact, the cardiovascular (heart) specialist informed that almost 1-out-of-every 3 of us have a similar condition, without ever even knowing it. He indicated that while follow up would be necessary, it was highly unlikely that further steps or surgery would ever be required.
Apparently, when my friend contracted some type of minor virus, it attacked the heart, as viruses will always “attack” various organs or parts of the body, causing her symptoms, which included severe nausea and near mind-splitting headaches, along with heaviness on her chest and down her arms.
While the experience put a scare into us, it was a relief and comfort to know she is going to be okay, and that her “condition” is not serious and actually quite common. At the same time, it reminded us about the fragility and temporary nature of this thing called “life” here on earth.
‘Whereas you know not what shall be tomorrow. For what is your life? It is just a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.’ James 4:14
The thought of someone I care deeply about being thrust into a situation where her life could have changed so radically & quickly challenged my thinking & emotions. Thoughts about the possibility of losing someone close to me lurked in the back of my mind, & the hole in my own heart it would have created.
Being in love with someone is like that, also. Losing them – for any reason – whether through a loss of life, or breaking off a relationship -- can leave a person with that same feeling of having a hole in their heart.
When we are young it doesn't take much to break our hearts. As we grow older and more calloused it takes a little more to get to our hearts. We harden our hearts purposely so they won't break so easily. What heals broken hearts? Is it time? Is it new love replacing the one that is lost? Is it maturity causing us to realize things that seem so important really aren't?
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
The Bee Gees asked the question in their famous song long ago, but never gave an answer.
And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.
Has your heart been feeling a little broken? Do you have an overwhelming sadness? Is your heart aching inside? Who were the Bee Gee’s asking to please help mend the broken heart and let them live again. Was it God? Was that song some type of prayer? I don't think that is what they intended but ...
Ask God how He can mend your heart. Ask Him how to get the rain and sadness to leave. Ask how He can give you joy to replace the sadness and get on with your life.
Is anyone crying for help? GOD is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you'll find GOD right there; if you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath.
God can mend broken hearts. God can mend broken lives. God can mend broken people. No matter what is breaking your heart today, look to God the healer of all diseases and the healer of broken hearts. He's in the business of healing and filling the holes in our broken hearts.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”. – Matthew 5:8
I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but you have a heart condition. A hole in your heart. That condition is called "sin." There’s nothing I can do about it, but the great news is that there is someone who can! His name is Jesus Christ!
He loved the world so much that while we were yet sinners, He came and died on a cross so that we could spend eternity with Him. I don’t know how long you have on this Earth. But God knows, and wants you to be obedient to Him no matter how many days, weeks, or hours it is.