All the leads were attached to me correctly. Yet the doctor couldn’t get a reading from the cardiogram machine.
I lay there praying against the trepidation of what he might find.
That was many years ago. But I can still hear the doctor saying, “I don’t see anything on the screen. I don’t know what’s wrong.”
Quietly, I said, “I’m still here.”
He quickly turned and said, “Oh, it’s not you! It’s the machine.”
We laughed and he eventually ruled out anything with my heart.
Healthy physical hearts are essential to good health. Lifestyle, proper nutrition, and exercise are vital. But, our spiritual hearts need to be nurtured as well.
For example, Proverbs 12: 25, NKJV says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Colossians 3: 15 encourages us to let God’s peace rule in our hearts and to be thankful.
These are all prescriptions for a healthy heart, both physically and spiritually. They are connected. Joy, encouraging words, and thankfulness provide the nurture needed for a heart that thrives…not just survives.
Stay close to the Maker of our hearts. Selah