Over the last few days I have thought a lot about John Isaac's little heart. It is amazing how a person can live with a heart defect and show little to no sign that the heart is not functioning properly. People who meet me and see John Isaac are completely unaware that there is any problem. And unless you know what to look for it's easy to miss it. In a few short weeks we will place him in the hands of a surgeon and (God willing) that surgeon will fix John Isaac's heart. We have been told that it should take one surgery and that is it but we have also been told that while his heart will function well enough to enable him to have a full, active life it will never function the way a healthy heart with no defect would. You see, even after his heart is fixed it will still be broken. There are a lot of risks with this surgery, but without it he definitely will not live.
As I think about all of these realities it occurred to me that we all are like John Issac. We are all born with a heart defect. Our defect isn't a physical one but a spiritual one, and while our hearts may function properly to physically keep us alive, we are spiritually dead (Eph, 2:1, Col 2:13). When we come into this world our hearts are deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) and we do not seek God (Romans 3:11). Our hearts are broken and we need a physician to fix it. It is not something that will repair itself, or that we can fix on our own. Jesus is the great physician, He says that He came to heal the broken hearted (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18). But the amazing thing is that when He heals our hearts. He says that He doesn't just fix the heart that we have but rather he gives us an entirely new heart (Ezekial 11:19, 36:26).
At the end of the day John Isaac's physician can fix his heart but he can't heal it. That is only something the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, can do. It is a miracle I experienced almost 20 years ago. I can not explain how it happens I just know that it does. If He can do it for me, then I know He can do it for you too.