Monday, November 19, 2007

Heart Disease (Part 1 of 4)

In 2004, the night before I was scheduled to leave for an annual motorcycle trip, I had a heart "episode" that required me to be rushed to the ER about 1.00am in the morning. The cardiologist ran a battery of tests and scans. I was put into every machine conceivable and every machine (at least that's what it seemed like) was put into me to ensure that my old "ticker" was, and would continue to work perfectly. It seems that we need our hearts working well and without disease in order to live. Why am I so skilled at stating the obvious you ask?


Well, sometimes I wonder if it is as obvious as we think. Over the next few days I'll share some thoughts about heart disease that might give you a little different perspective on what appears to be the obvious. My cardiologist, unable to find anything wrong with my heart after running a series of tests and scans, decided that I might need some medication to help. Help what? I wondered. If you can't find anything wrong with my heart, why on earth do I need medication? I guess no cardiologist worth his 'weight-in-blood,' would detect what appears to be an irregular heart beat and ignore it.

That's why I prefer the treatment of another heart Doctor. When He saw the condition of my heart He made me an eye popping offer: "Let's exchange hearts. mine is sturdy; yours is frail. Mine's pure; yours diseased. Where on earth did I find such a doctor? You can reach Him at this number: JOHN3:16. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son." What has Jesus's death got to do with me you might wonder? Maybe you even appreciate the teachings of Jesus. You equate Him to other "wise" sages of history such as Gautama Buddha, Confuscius, Mohammed among many others. But no matter what side of the equation you view it from, you can't see the significance of His death being of any benefit to you. The answer to your question begins with a heart exam. Jer. 17: 9 states, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." Not your heart you say? Tomorrow we'll do your heart test and find out.

6 comments:

Ms Harkins said...

Hi Joseph,

good luck with your heart´s exams. Please take them seriously, and in case you dont trust the doctor, look for a second opinion. My youngest boy was born with a very serious heart condition and I know how hard it is to go over those exams. Now it is my turn to say you will be in my prayers!

Joseph said...

Ms Harkin,

Thanks so much for your kind thoughts. Actually my heart couldn't be in better condition, and to ensure that it stays that way I ride between 18 and 20 miles a day. The doctor had detected what he thought was an irregular heart beat back in 2004 and I saw a specialist who ran more tests and found my heart to be like the heart of an "ox." The heart exams I'm alluding to in the post are somewhat of a different nature. I certainly could use all the prayers I can get though:)

Ms Harkins said...

Oh I am sorry... sometimes language misunderstanding happens with me....

Joseph said...

Hey, you know we are all prone to misunderstandings where language is concerned. One day I'll write about my struggles with language when I first moved to the States from the UK. By the way, I can't log on to your blog. Is something wrong?

Ms Harkins said...

no, nothing wrong. I just blocked it to outsiders of blogger. You just have to use your password I guess. But I will re-open it so you can read my blog, ok?

Joseph said...

Thanks, I will be sure to check it out.