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Zipper Club

Posted June 9, 2010 by in Uncategorized

I’m a member of the zipper club.

Oh relax… it’s not what you think. (although there have been a few embarrassing moments here and there). To be a member of the zipper club you must have had, at least one time in your life, open heart surgery. The club is so named because the scar looks like a big zipper running right up the middle of your chest. Not necessarily a club I would recommend or that you should be in a big hurry to join.

However, anyone who’s been through open heart usually comes out of the operating room different from when they went in. (aside from having a big zipper scar). One of my big moments actually came a few days before the surgery when the medical team was talking me through the whole procedure.

At one point, the surgeon sort of ran over a phrase that was something like “…. and once we get the heart stopped…”, and continued on. After a few minutes, I said “you know… can we go back to the whole stopping the heart thing? I got a little hung up on that”. “Oh yes”, he said sort of matter-of-factly, “the surgery can’t be done until the heart has completely stopped beating”. That’s when I said “Wow! Can I do this once a month?!” He didn’t laugh. Not a big bunch of kidders, these heart surgeons.

I asked the obvious question, “so, is getting the heart started again the hardest part?” “Not at all” he said. “Stopping it is the hard part. Starting it again is easy”. “Why is that?” I asked. He replied as he was casually writing something on his chart… “Because the heart wants to beat”.

I was stunned for a second. “The heart WANTS to beat?” “Sure” he said… “it’s created to beat”. From that moment on, I knew I was going to be fine.

You don’t have to be a member of the zipper club to begin to appreciate the marvel and mystery of a beating heart. Think about it. It’s not plugged in to anything, there’s no battery, there’s no photosynthesis cell or alternative fuel. There’s absolutely nothing on earth giving it even a hint of power. It just beats. And beats. And beats until it’s pre-ordained time to stop. (Ps 139:16)

So where DOES this power come from? I think most people, even people without a practicing faith, would attribute it to its only reasonable source… the power of God. (OK some would have to describe it as “a higher power”. I’m pretty sure that’s the same as saying “God” but just for people who are uncomfortable saying it. And then there are atheists but that’s an entirely different blog.)

It’s the same power that created everything from nothing. That can make nothing from everything if He chooses. The power to make man and the power to break him. The power to make me, love me, and put a heart in me that wants to beat.

Downhere has just released a new project called Two At A Time that features one of their older but previously unreleased songs that I feel like expresses how we’re to respond in the light of God’s almighty power. If you have a sec, give a listen to “Everything Will“.

So as I write, I’m praying that we would be blessed by a growing revelation of the beauty and awesomeness of His power, and it’s ability to not only sustain us, but to change us and continue changing us, beat by beat, for His glory. Incredible.

And while I’m praying, I’ll throw in the request that if you’re going to be a member of any kind of zipper club, it will only the embarrassing kind.

Blessings-

About The Author: John Mays

John Mays, VP of A&R for Centricity, is one of Christian music's most respected executives, having worked in A&R at Word, Sparrow, and Star Song Records before serving as president of Benson Records. Over his 35-year career, Mays discovered and signed Point Of Grace, Scott Krippayne, Cindy Morgan, Matt Redman, Nichole Nordeman, Warren Barfield, and the Passion worship recordings. Mays helped found Centricity Music in 2003. He began his career in music at 17 as a musician, eventually landing jobs as a bass player with several bands and many Christian music recordings during the '80s. Along the way, he co-wrote "Love In Any Language," a career song for Sandi Patty included in CCM's list of 100 greatest Christian songs. The Andrews, TX, native has been married to Dianne for 32 years and continues to brag on his two kids, Kelsey and John Austin, now both in college.

  1. eugenia said

    Aw this comforts me and makes me feel fuzzy hee :> So beautiful. thank you!

  2. Chuck Sylvester said

    Hey, John.
    Well said, well written. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. I want to have a heart that wants to beat only for the Lord.
    Blessings!
    Chuck

  3. MICHAEL ANGELO RIVERA said

    HAD A CABBBAGE 3 JUNE 29,2010. I QUESS THAT MAKES ME A MEMBER STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT TO FEEL.WORST PART IS FEELING I LEFT SOMETHING IN THE OPERATING ROOM.FRIENDS TELL ME IT WAS THE STONE I CALLED A HEART.SINCE I’VE TEMPORARLY SO EMOTIONAL.I MUST SAY SOME GOOD HAS COME FROM THE SURGERY,THE LITTLE AND BIG STUFF JUST DOES NOT HAVE THE EFFECT IT ONCE HAD.AM I OK.OR IS IT TO SOON TO TELL

  4. Linda Lopez said

    I had a ‘cabg’ on November 1 of this year. As I live on the Oregon Coast, there’s a 2 hour each way drive to the hospital facility and my doctors. It’s been pretty scary. The drugs do different dances on different nights ranging from blood pounding in my ears to abrupt out of sleep awakenings.

    I guess what I would like is some reassurance from others of you that things get better, the fear lessens and your energy strengthens. Or, just a friendly pat on the back-gentle, please.

    Thanks

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