150…160…165…170…175…180…Each time I looked down I knew that my heart rate was on the rise. That is, of course the point of going to the gym, but some mornings I find that my heart rate jumps up faster and I feel it in every part of my body.
Your heart rate rises at times of exertion or during times of stress or fear. Adrenaline pumps into the blood stream and causes the heart to beat faster and with greater intensity. This is a good thing in terms of exercise and keeping fit but it can be a bad thing if it gets out of control. A heart that beats too slowly will lead to bad circulation in the extremities of your body. A heart which beats too fast is in danger of heart failure or even a stroke. We need to look after our hearts and make them healthy – the right proportions of exercise and rest.
The heart is symbolic of the centre of our lives. What our heart beats fast for, is indicative of where we are really at. Some hearts race… but are they racing for something that is worth catching? Some hearts are slow; they have grown cold and old not really connecting to anything or anyone.
Jesus said… “Don’t let your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1
Where is your heart in relationship to God? Does your heart beat in time with His purpose and plan? Are you running ahead of Him or lagging behind? Allow Him to adjust your heart rate!