This past week my dad had a heart attack and then a few days later went under the knife for open heart surgery. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to be there with my dad, mom and siblings for this crucial life event.
Dad is in great shape and as a result was resilient in surgery and has recovered remarkably well.
The entire process has been an education for me. Once dad was taken into the hospital and the tests revealed a heart attack, the doctors, staff and family began a process of planning and then executing a strategy to treat the problem.
The surgery was scheduled. The family was educated. And the tools, products and staff were prepped.
Throughout the process I have learned a lot about the heart:
The first heart cell beats as early as four weeks.
There are more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels/arteries in each human body. That is enough to go around the world two times.
The heart beats 100,000 times per day…and never takes a break.
Your heart pumps 1.5 gallons per minute which adds up to 2,160 gallons per day.
Blood always finds its way back to the heart…fascinating.
So far, the process has been a success, but Dad still has a long road to recover. During the surgery the staff cut through his sternum, opened up his chest cavity, harvested healthy veins, turned his heart and lungs off, sewed healthy veins to bypass the blocked veins, re-started the heart, put everything back and sewed him up.
All in a day’s work.
Though the surgery started right and ended well, there was much that happened in between.
Sounds a lot like life…
This Sunday we will continue our “Life Management” series at New Life CityChurch. I will bring a sermon from Philippians 1:6 about starting right, ending well…and everything in between.
When it comes to life, most of us are “in between.”
We are in the grind of life. Within any given week we likely worry about relationships, money, career, family, etc. We experience wins…some of them big and we endure losses…some of them big as well.
We need truth to help us navigate. We need hope to motivate. We need discipline to captivate our fears.