This morning I had some blood work done in preparation for my physical on Friday. I will sweat it out all week worrying about my cholesterol number!
Why do I fear that number? Could it be my family’s history of heart disease? Or that my dad had his first heart procedure at my age? Or that his cousin died from a heart attack at my age?
I walk. I work out. I watch what I eat (most of the time). I play hard with the grandsons. But my cholesterol numbers remain on the high side, they always have, and I just don’t want to start taking medication for it. Denial? Maybe. Self-deception? Maybe. Not wanting to admit I’m getting older? Maybe.
It doesn’t help that February is American Heart Month. I’d prefer to concentrate on Valentine’s during February, but for some reason, my annual physical has morphed its way into February. And, so on Friday, I’ll get the report. I will find out what is lurking in my blood.
What if we had a blood test that not only revealed the dangers that are coursing through our veins, but the ugliness that is hiding in our hearts? What if instead of triglycerides and glucose we could measure envy and anger? What if we could see the hate, deception, and hypocrisy?
I like to think my heart is not hiding anything from me, but I do know that my heart can deceive me!
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? – Jeremiah 17:9 NLT
We know most of what is in our hearts. We know the secret thoughts, the schemes, the distrust and the sins we cherish. We know how quickly we lose our temper. We know how the desire for revenge stirs us. We know how good we feel when someone we don’t like fails. We know how well we hide sin.
And, God knows our hearts. There is no secret hidden from God. If we really wanted to know what’s hiding, we don’t need a test, we only need to ask God to show us.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you…” – Psalm 139:23-24 NLT
If you ask, God will show you. You won’t need to sit down and go over the results; God will show you by what you say and do.
“What you say flows from what is in your heart” – Luke 6:45 NLT
“Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23NIV
My blood will be tested this week and I will know what action I need to take to stay, or get, healthy. The first action we must take to have a spiritually healthy heart is to first recognize that it is not healthy apart from God’s healing intervention.
Has God healed your heart? Has he shown you the sin that is killing you? Will you ask him to show you the state of your heart, and will you confess the sin that is hiding there, and ask God to heal and cleanse you?
“Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do. I [Jesus] have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17NLT
6 thoughts on “Blood Tests and Heart Checks”
This was so good and brought together so well!! It brought to mind the hymn “Search me Oh God and know my heart today. Try me Oh Savior and know my thoughts I pray. See if there be some wicked way in me; cleanse me from every sin and set me free” We need to ask God daily what changes we need to make to keep our hearts spiritually healthy!! Hope your results turn out good, Marcia ..
Oh Yes, Janet, one of my favorite hymns!
Trust in the Lord to guide us.
That was well said Marcia! I plan to share your devotional with our ladies at Bible study this morning. We’ve been reading the book, Too Busy Not to Pray, by Bill Hybels. Our chapter this morning is called, “A Pattern for Prayer” which discusses the prayer pattern, ACTS. The C portion of this prayer pattern is as you know, confession of sin in our lives. Anne Graham Lotz devotional this morning is called, “Naming Your Sin”. The verse Anne begins with is from Matt. 9:6, “That you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.” Both devotionals will be very helpful for us!
As for the results you’re waiting for concerning Cholesterol, one thing most doctors don’t tell their patients is the caffeine connection with heart disease. I’d recommend the book, Caffeine Blues by Stephen Cherniske, M.S. It’s a good price on Amazon.com. I’ve bought several to give away to friends and family. Also, Dick has more information to share from his rehab classes if you find your Cholesterol level is high. It’s all very helpful! Love You! Sandy
Thanks, Sandy, I’ll check out the caffeine link (I am my dad’s daughter, I do like my coffee!!)