One of my favorite bible verses is Proverbs 4:23.
“Above all else, guard your heart. For everything you do flows from it.”
While I know this verse is referring to the emotional and spiritual sense, today, I can’t help but connect it to the physical heart. My dad has always made sure to guard my heart. By reminding me that I’m a treasure, a princess, and worthy, he has always done a dad’s biggest task: guarding his daughter’s heart.
Today, the tables have turned, as I am feeling this desperate need to guard my dad’s heart. I got off the phone with my mom this morning as she gave me some news that was hard for me to hear. Heart attacks run in my dad’s family, and it’s something that I’ve always worried about. My dad has a clogged artery near his heart. Luckily-they found this issue in time. He wanted to put off the procedure, but they told him it could be too late if he doesn’t fix the problem immediately. He will be in surgery tomorrow…and I am so worried for him. He’s a big, tough guy…but everyone’s heart is fragile and tender. The procedure of eliminating this clot could prevent future heart problems for him, and could even keep him from getting a heart attack later on in life. Still, my heart aches for his heart problems.
We have a God that wants to guard and protect our hearts more than anything. I’m praying that my dad stays strong, keeps his faith, and overcomes this obstacle so that he can guard his heart for the rest of his life.