Fresh Hope – 9th December 2020

I am 21 weeks pregnant. Last week I went for the routine 20 week scan where they check every possible organ in your baby’s body (which can be quite a nerving experience) – the face, the spine, the bones, the stomach, the kidneys, the lungs, the brain and the heart. Praise God, everything is healthy and strong! 

What struck me most after the scan was how this baby at just 20 weeks was already a fully formed human! It may not be fully developed (but then, neither are children), but it was a complete human, that just needs to grow! 

The heart is one of the first organs to develop in human life. In fact, at just five weeks, a heart is beating. Life is evident. At an ultrasound, one of the first things you look for is the flicker of a beating heart – the sign of life. The heart beats at double the rate that my heart is beating as it works hard to pump blood to sustain life. The heart is the vital sign of life. 

It is no wonder that God mentions our ‘spiritual heart’ so much in scripture. 

Just as our physical heart is one of the first signs of life, so is our spiritual heart. The condition of our heart is EVERYTHING as from it our life flows (Proverbs 4:23). 

I wonder if I put my spiritual heart on an ultrasound, I would be as nervous to see the condition of it, as I was our baby’s heart? I wonder if I would care about the health of my spiritual heart that much? We should, because our lives stem from it. 

Our hearts should be beating for the things of God. They should be healthy and whole, free from bitterness, resentment and anger. Broken hearts, or hearts with holes, will compromise the quality of our life. God, as the life giver, wants our hearts to grow big and strong, delivering life to ourselves, and those around us at double speed! 

Although unseen, let us never neglect the condition of our hearts – our emotions, our mind, our will, and desires.

Emma Burchell

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