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Today's Creation Moment

A Desert Traveler's Friend
Isaiah 41:19-20
"I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree...
What two things are most important to someone lost in the desert? Why, a compass and, of course, some water. If you are lost in the desert and find a compass barrel cactus, you have both in this...

Smart Heart

Hebrews 3:10
“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.”

People sometimes wonder why, with all the marvels science can design and build, it cannot build a good replacement for the heart. As medical science learns more about the heart, it becomes clear that replacing this complex mass of muscles is more difficult than might be imagined.

Anatomy of the Human HeartYour heart is about the size of your fist, really surprisingly small for the job it does. The heart is a pump with valves, tubing and an electrical system. Its four chambers are carefully designed to make sure that used blood goes to your lungs for oxygen and that blood from your lungs takes that oxygen to the rest of your body. In order to do this, your heart must pump 2,000 gallons of blood through more than 60,000 miles of soft tubing every day.

But the heart is much more than a pump. Researchers describe it as “an incredibly intelligent organ.” The heart is smarter than we are. When you need more circulation, it senses this and speeds its pumping action. It doesn’t matter whether the need for more pumping action comes from increased exercise, or something you thought about that might require more heart action, the heart responds. Even when transplanted, the heart is able to respond to its new environment.

Like everything else God has created, the heart is not a simple organ, limited to only one job. The heart is custom designed to do many jobs well. And to this day doctors cannot tell you why one apparently healthy heart stops beating and another does not. Life itself is more than an organ; it is a gift from our Creator to each of us.

Dear Father in heaven, I thank You for the gift of life. Take my life and let it be consecrated to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Huyghe, Patrick. 1985. “Your heart: a survival guide.” Science Digest, Apr. p. 31. Illustration: Anatomy of the Human Heart, made by Ties van Brussel. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.