Bob Tamasy: The Amazing Human Heart – And God’s Amazing Heart For Us

Monday, December 18, 2017 - by Bob Tamasy
Bob Tamasy
Bob Tamasy

The human heart is amazing. Consider the numbers: Healthy hearts beat 60-100 times a minute. If someone’s normal resting heart rate is 75, that means it beats 4,500 times in an hour, and 108,000 times during the course of 24 hours. Over an entire year that heart beats nearly 40 million times, and over a 70-year lifetime, that’s close to three billion heartbeats!

Can you imagine a car engine running non-stop for 70 years, or longer? It doesn’t happen. The heart is one of the marvels of the human body, especially because if the heart stops, so does life. Every year about this time I have special reason to reflect on these facts. Nearly 11 years ago (Dec. 20, 2006), I was lying on an operating table, chest splayed open while a surgical team performed multiple bypasses and built a new ascending aorta for me.

They in fact did stop my heart for a half-hour or so while the repairs were being made, attaching me to a heart-lung machine in the meantime.

So, it got a brief respite. But ever since, it’s been beating non-stop about 440 million times.

I’m extremely grateful for those 11 additional years – and for whatever time still lies ahead for me in this life. Over that span I’ve added two sons-in-law, four grandchildren (with another expected in January) and three great-grandkids. Professionally I’ve had the opportunity to write and edit a number of books and articles, and even to start this blog. God has also given me the privilege of meeting with a number of men in mentoring relationships, providing mutual encouragement for our journey with Jesus Christ.

To borrow the title of my favorite Christmas film, it’s been – and continues to be – a wonderful life, even in the midst of inevitable challenges. Jesus said of His “sheep” – His followers – “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Thanks to medical technology, a very skillful surgeon, and God’s grace, I’ve already had more than a decade to experience that abundant life He promised.

The Bible says much about the heart, although not necessarily in the ever-beating muscle in the chest sense. The book of Proverbs, for instance, comments often on “the heart.”

Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Then we read, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Later we read, “All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart” (Proverbs 21:2). 

Acts 13:22 recounts God’s description of David, who became king of Israel, as “a man after my own heart.” Jesus spoke often about the heart, saying such things as, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). And, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart…. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, immorality, theft…” (Matthew 15:18-19).

Without question, these uses of the term “heart” refer to our motives and desires. But even though I can’t prove it, I believe there’s a spiritual component to the physical heart. 

I remember during the years following my surgery when I visited people in the hospital who had just undergone open-heart surgery. I went to encourage them by sharing my own story, seeking to “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:4). It was not uncommon to see, even macho-looking men, well up with tears as they pondered their recent surgery and how God had chosen to extend their lives. No question, it’s a humbling experience.

So, with my 11th “anniversary” coming in a couple of days, I’m literally feeling heartfelt thanks for the extra time the Lord has provided me in this life, and the opportunity to enjoy another Christmas season with my family on this side of eternity. What a wonderful reminder that, even at times when “we are faithless, He remains faithful” (2 Timothy 2:13).

----

Robert J. Tamasy is a veteran journalist, former newspaper editor and magazine editor. Bob has written hundreds of magazine articles, and authored, co-authored and edited more than 15 books. These include the newly re-published, “Business At Its Best,” “Tufting Legacies,” “The Heart of Mentoring,” and “Pursuing Life With a Shepherd’s Heart.” He edits a weekly business meditation, “Monday Manna,” which is translated into more than 20 languages and distributed via email around the world by CBMC International. To read more of Bob Tamasy’s writings, you can visit his blog, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com, or his website (now being completed), www.bobtamasy-readywriterink.com. He can be emailed at btamasy@comcast.net.


Live Nativity To Be Held On Signal Mountain Dec. 12-13

"Enough Is Enough" Series Continues Sunday At Metro Tab Church

Bob Tamasy: "But We’ve Always Done It That Way!”


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a live Nativity on Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. each night at 1160 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain, right across from the Signal ... (click for more)

Metro Tab Church invites the public to join them this at Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as Pastor Reita Ball, co-founder/co-pastor will continue to preach from Dr. Steve Ball's book "Secrets Of A Giant ... (click for more)

There’s a story about an aging monk who had a pet cat. The feline was fine, except when its owner was engaging in silent meditation. Then its constant meowing and rubbing up against his leg was ... (click for more)


Church

Live Nativity To Be Held On Signal Mountain Dec. 12-13

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a live Nativity on Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. each night at 1160 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain, right across from the Signal Mountain Post Office. All are welcome to come journey to the stable with shepherds and wise men, and reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. The event is free and performances will be ... (click for more)

"Enough Is Enough" Series Continues Sunday At Metro Tab Church

Metro Tab Church invites the public to join them this at Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as Pastor Reita Ball, co-founder/co-pastor will continue to preach from Dr. Steve Ball's book "Secrets Of A Giant Killer" on the subject of "Enough is Enough." "We are a dynamic multicultural non-denominational church. The music ministry is led by Pastor's Rob and Crystal Alley and Metro Praise. Our ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Planning Commission Recommends M-1 Zoning For Tubman Site Despite Some Community Opposition

The Planning Commission on Monday afternoon unanimously recommended M-1 zoning for most of the 44-acre Harriet Tubman site in East Chattanooga. A section by Roanoke Avenue would be left R-3, allowing single-family homes, apartments and townhomes. The vote came despite some community opposition along with the Unity Group, that favored a mixed-use approach and input from residents. ... (click for more)

Popular Young Reporter For NewsChannel 9 Terminated By Sinclair As She Battles Cancer

A popular young reporter for NewsChannel 9 has been terminated by Sinclair Broadcasting as she battles cancer. Alex George wrote on her Twitter account on Friday, " Hi all, I want to clarify for those who asked. I want to assure you that treatment is going incredibly well. The decision was not made by me it was @WeAreSinclair . They terminated my contract." The 22-year-old ... (click for more)

Opinion

TVA Land Grab

The Georgetown land grab is just ‘Business as Usual’ for TVA. For the past 80 years they’ve shown their stripes in this matter - 170,000 acres seized at LBL, countless acreage taken in the Tennessee River Valley. Land taken for coal and nuclear sites. All by the same play book. All from average people. We want this, you have this, we get this. I worked with TVA as a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Greatest 4 Minutes

I would venture to say I know more sports trivia than the next guy. I’ve spent a fun lifetime watching and listening and learning so why is it, on the early eve of my three-score-and-ten, I never knew about “the best four minutes in sports” until just now? Oh, for decades I’ve know the annual Army-Navy football game, the latest just played this weekend, was special. A half-century ... (click for more)