How far would you go so save your son or daughter's life?
John Quincy Archibald's [John Q] son collapses unexpectedly while running the bases in a Little League game. The diagnosis is a bloated, diseased heart. Doctor's inform John Q and his wife that unless his son gets a heart-transplant, he will die. He won't see his next birthday.
But John Q's health insurance will not cover the boy's heart transplant. It will cost $250,000 to put the boy on the donor list. John can't raise that kind of money no matter how hard he tries. So his dying boy is dropped from the donor list. There will be no rescue, no future for the boy. His enlarged heart will kill him in days.
So what does a father do whose son will die because his heart can no longer give him life? John Q makes a staggering decision...To take his own life, so that his son can have his healthy heart. Transplant by suicide. Life begets life: If the father dies, the boy lives.
"Heart of my own heart."
Grace has never been about God trying to make a bad heart better. That was never an option. Your old heart was failing to give you life, and reconditioning it was never God's plan for rescue. Replacement, not refurbishment. We needed to start over.
There is an untapped vein of gold lying beneath the surface mess. You were gifted with a new kind of heart that no longer needs an addiction. The kind of heart that trusts when there is no comfort. The kind of radiance that doesn't fear the blamers and the shamers.
Grace has never been about making a bad heart better: It's always been about God replacing your heart with his heart. And God has already done this for you. In you. The day you said, "Yes," to Jesus was the day you got your transplant.
There's one prayer the warrior-poet, David, prayed that you don't need to: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." David's future hope was your present reality.
You are a donor recipient. Trust the life within you.