Open Hearts 

Have you ever gotten really quiet, really still, and listened to what is going on inside of you? You may be at total peace. You may sense a stirring storm of worry, anxiety and fear. You may not even know what to call it, but there is something deep within that just isn’t settled.

Only God truly knows our hearts. He is the only one that can fix what is broken within us. And if there isn’t peace when we settle down and get silent, there is something within you that God needs to take care of. Like only He can.

So what do we usually do when there is turmoil within us? We try to fix it our own way, in our human strength. But our biggest mistake is not letting our Father into those deep chambers of our heart, allowing Him to do the fixing. There is a beautiful process that needs to happen within us, but we must first allow Him into every room and every chamber. We even have to let him into the dark rooms—the ones that haven’t seen the Light. We could call these places in our hearts, “hard ground.”

To understand our hearts better, let’s look at Mark 4:3-8: “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

You see, our hearts are like the field on which the farmer scattered seed. The seed is the Word of God. Parts of our heart have fertile soil, ready to receive. These places are open to God and He is welcomed in. Other parts of our heart have soil that is hard and closed off to God. If you don’t see something coming to pass in your life, be it healing, or financial provision, or even abundant life, there is a part of your heart that is hard…a place that is so deep that you may not even be able to recognize it. This is the unsettled, stirring storm you experience when you get really quiet. So what can you do?

We are learning now that we are not the handymen of our hearts. GOD IS.

So, you begin by asking God to show you these places, and choosing to not be afraid of what you may see. There are places within us that we keep hidden even from ourselves, out of fear, shame, or hurt. But God, our good Father, can be trusted with even these, the most tender and darkest places within our being. He is gentle and easy with us. And as a true gentleman, He waits to be invited. So, invite Him into your heart, to soften those hard places, so you can be like the woman Lydia who received the Good News…

“One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.” (Acts 16:14)

Let us open every room of our hearts to God. Let us trust Him to fix it. He knows us best, and He loves us MOST!


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