DayBreaks for 02/24/12 – The Wound Closed Up
From the DayBreaks archive, dated 2/26/2002:
(Washington Post/AP, 11/30/01) “Heart surgeon James McClurken of Abington Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia reported in November that his 70-year-old bypass patient was exhibiting an old would that surely indicated that an object had entered and exited his heart. It turns out that the man had indeed taken a slug, in the Korean War, but thought at the time that it must have missed the heart, but now the surgeon says it passed through so quickly that the wound closed up tight with no ill effects.”
What an amazing story! Talk about being lucky! God clearly had something for this man to do with his life to have spared him in such a miraculous way when he was shot through the heart years ago. It is something special when you realize that God has spared your life. It gives you a new sense of trying to understand what it is that He wants from you. I don’t know if this man was a Christian or not, but God clearly was acting in his life.
As I read this story, I couldn’t help but have a couple of thoughts:
FIRST: Prov. 4:23 – “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Song of Solomon 8:6a – “Place me like a seal over your heart… .”
Our heart is such a vital organ. And when Scripture speaks of our heart, it refers not just to our emotions but our thoughts and to what is our true character and personality. We need to guard it, to take whatever measures are necessary to protect and seal it.
SECOND: 2 Corinthians 2:7-11 – “7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven-if there was anything to forgive – I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
Our hearts are often wounded by the things that people say and do. Surely we have wounded the very heart of God over and over! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if when our hearts have been “shot” through once again by someone, that the “bullet” so quickly passed though us that our heart (our relationship with the attacker) would heal itself so quickly that it was as if the injury never happened? Would that we would never hold grudges!!! If we could ever learn to forgive the way the Father forgave the prodigal, the way Jesus forgave Peter for denying Him, the way Jesus forgave the thief on the cross – indeed, the way He has forgiven us – the world would be transformed by the power of God’s forgiveness!
PRAYER: Jesus, heal our hearts and teach us to forgive fully and bear no scars for the wounding we have received in this world! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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