A pastor in Ohio asked a church member who was a surgeon if he could be in the operating room to watch an open-heart surgery. The doctor permitted him to observe.
The physician began the surgery, removed the woman's heart, repaired it, and placed it back into her chest. As he massaged her heart to get it going, it wouldn't beat. He tried other procedures, but nothing restarted the heartbeat.
The surgeon knelt beside his patient and whispered, "Mrs. Johnson, this is your surgeon. The operation went perfectly, but you need to tell your heart to beat again." Immediately her heart began beating!
Even though the surgeon did everything necessary to repair her heart, the patient needed to cooperate with him. By an act of her will, she had to tell her heart to start beating. This story inspired singer Randy Phillips to write the song, "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again."
Maybe you've been rejected, or you've lost a loved one and your heart has stopped beating. Perhaps your spouse betrayed you and your heart is devastated. You've lost hope and your will to live. Remember, God is the great physician who can repair your heart, but you need to tell your heart to beat again.
Tell your heart to love again. Command your heart to hope again. No matter what tragedy you've been through, God still has good plans for you. You can move forward with your life. Just tell your heart to beat again.