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.