Monday, March 08, 2010

HOPE IN HIS HAND




"God will mend a broken heart if you give Him all the pieces."

-Aesop

Every beat of your heart is one, lonely cadence of force that shares a part in your life.  You will experience about three billion heartbeats in your life, and if something goes wrong with your heart's rhythm, you will likely notice.  You may then say that your heart flutters, or skips, or races, or hurts.  And though you may not know what is wrong, you know something isn't right.

Your spiritual heart is much the same.  When something is wrong, you know.  You may feel afraid, angry, betrayed, bruised, confused, desperate, depressed, dissatisfied, empty, helpless, homesick, hurt, lonely, useless, or worried. . . . Emotional "rhythm" seems not quite together.  You may not realize the depths of your feelings, but you know something isn't right.

Endless possibilities may have provoked your "heart pain":  a best friend betrayed your confidence; you had some bad news about someone you love; you worked and gave up time for yourself and your family for a career that now makes you bored and empty; you were applauded for a unique accomplishment but now feel only useless and unworthy; guilt seems to spoil every chance of happiness; envy for the lives of others eats away what contentment you have; you are tired and just want to be appreciated for what you do; you wonder why certain people who matter to you ignore you or treat you with contempt; you wonder why life is not fair.

Your "heart pain" may even be from casual indifference and neglect.  "I'll get around to God when life slows down."  "It's soccer season."  "I'm working overtime; I just can't think of the Lord right now."  "I'm too stressed to read my Bible everyday."

Or, your heart may have "damage" from many mistakes, regrets, or traumas.  It's been so much easier to shut down the pain than deal with it.  Now, maybe you are numb . . . emotionless . . . passionless.  You wonder what it would be like to feel again. 

In any case, you want freedom from heart misery.  You want a heart that beats with perfect, rhythmic, contented forces of purpose.  You want the "something just isn't right" ache to go away.   

My friend, you are not alone in your pain.  Everyone has personal history of an imperfect heart.  And everyone has only One door to deliverance.   

Salvation of our souls is found in Jesus.  He is the only way to our Father.  Likewise, salvation from a wounded heart is also only found in yielding to God. 

I can testify of God as the only way to wholeness because He is my healer and deliverer.  He is my Creator, Elohim, Who loves me as I am, so much that He will not leave me as He sees me.  He understands all of me, and He formed all of me, including my heart, the abyss of my hopes, hurts, and thoughts.  God  knows me. He gets the mysteries of my soul that blind me.  He comprehends me completely.  My complex personality and all its baggage and wired connections make sense to Him. 

And, my pain does not shock Jesus.  He is not one bit intimidated to look at my gross, oozing wounds and place His holy hands in my bloody sores.  He sees them all for what they are and empathizes with my weaknesses.  And yours.   

He sees your hurt through His eyes of personal experience, His own sacrifice and suffering that surpass all other griefs.  Jesus knows pain so fully.  While on this earth, He was intimate with sorrow, torture, and loneliness.  And Jesus' remembrance of His suffering allows Him to embrace your feelings as no one else can.  You cannot possibly hurt apart from His empathy. 

In tandem with His intimate sense of your hurting heart, Jesus has all the love of Father God.  So, when Christ senses your hurt and sees your suffering, He knows you from both the perspective of unfathomable love and unprecedented pain. 

Jesus is affected.  Compassioned.  Moved.  He hears your heart beat.  He hears your heart speak.  He lives to take it in His hands and hold it and heal its brokenness.
 
Yes, Jesus lives to heal your heart.  His healing for you is personally and beautifully designed.  It is whole, godly wisdom.  It is a balm made just for you.  It is His best.  It is the incomparable best.

Christ ALWAYS knows best.  And, He knows the why of every what in your life - all those deep answers and mysteries of dark glass that you really want to know now.  And, rather than giving you answers, He often chooses to give you healing and rest.  His rest is your gift to receive.  His rest is the joy of laying down the weight that slows you down to molasses' pace or knocks you to a cold, hard ground or kicks you into a pale pit.  His rest is the peace of feeling chains break and later looking behind to see them left at the altar you wisely prepared for you and your God.  His rest is a fresh, smooth road for running grace.   

Running grace!  Freedom to keep your eyes on Christ and give Him all you have!  And the liberty of running grace comes with a bonus!  Don't you love a bonus?  I do.  I am always excited to open an extra gift box and see what's in it. 

Jesus' bonus gifts are the best of all worlds!  And His running grace comes with a powerful side item:  hope. Why is hope such a big deal?  Hope gives life.  It lets us breathe.  Hope for that special something we can't see with our natural eyes causes us to hang in there when we want to quit.  We believe, we know, God is faithful and that His word is true.  We therefore believe and know He is in control and that things will get better. 

So, we do not give up.  We do not give in.  We keep running.  And waiting.

And while waiting, we allow Jesus to do surgery on our hearts.  We yield, and let Him work.  We know that any pain from his doctor hands will be worth it, for Christ only has our good in His perfect heart, and with His perfect touch from a perfect heart, our wholeness begins.  

When, at last, Christ completes a layer of wholeness in our hearts, we soar.  Our yielding, trusting, believing, and enduring give God glory.  Healed, we rise above grief, fear, anxiety, and regret.  The carnal world with its demanding ways and seducing voices no longer anchor us down to a permenant sinking state because Jesus' scarred hands have handled our hurt.

As we soar, we find raw truth in our stillness.  It is a truth only found in surviving the providence of pain.  It is a truth only found in running grace:  Feelings and circumstances do not determine your destiny.  God's divine hand does.

Clinging to God's Healing Truth,

30 comments:

  1. AMEN...thank you for another wonderful post. Hope you are doing well.
    Blessings, andrea

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  2. andrea,

    This is beautiful and so true!!! I love your new banner too:)!

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  3. A layer of wholeness in our hearts...

    Even so, Lord, I yield the knife to your hands and ask you to be kind and tender with the transformation. How thankful I am for the heart that "springs" new and fresh in me this day.

    Love the new look,friend. Well done!

    peace`elaine

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  4. What a beautiful post! I want my heart beating with His!
    Have a blessed day!

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  5. Beautiful words, sweet friend! Thank you!

    May my heart beat in cadence with His - always!!

    Love, hugs and sweet Blessings!
    Jackie

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  6. Oh how I thank God he holds my destiny in his hands! Knowing that is total security! He knows where I've been, and loves me anyway. He knew all of that would bring me to Him, right where I belong!
    Leaping like calves released from the stalls...Healed!! Delivered! Set Free!
    Thank you Jesus! Andrea...His spirit flows through your writing...Praying for you!!
    Love,
    Julie

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  7. You may have a new blog makeover, but your writing is as always...heartfelt. Jesus is the greatest heart healer and I especially liked when you said that He is never shocked when we ask Him to repair our hearts. Good thoughts of hope, too!

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  8. This was beautiful...just what I needed to read tonight!

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  9. Amen... what hope, rest and joy
    we have in Jesus!! ;)

    *hugs* dear Andrea!

    Love in Him,
    Miss Jen

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  10. The only hope we have is in Him! Thank the Lord, He knows our hurts and everything else about us.

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  11. I know heart pain. Thankfully, I also know the Heart Surgeon. I've even had a Heart transplant.

    Beautiful post. And lovely new look here. Wow!

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  12. Andrea, what a beautiful tender post. Thank you. Love your blog header and welcome message...
    blessings, Sita

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  13. As always, Andrea, you touch me with your words, and they might have been written just for me today. whilst I know the pains of a heart that has been wrung with tears, I also know that I have to give every broken bit to the Lord. You just emphasised it so beautifully.

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  14. What a lovely an inspirational post! Thank you for stopping my blog and saying hello! Nice to meet you too!
    Tracy

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  15. Hi Andrea! Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for the wonderful compliments. You have a beautiful blog and beautiful posts. You have such a way with words. I have all these words in my heart that I want to express about Our Heavenly Father, but they just don't come out as eloquently as a lot of the wonderful blogs which I have read, such as yours. Someday, when I am a more mature Child of God, I hope that I will be able to express my thoughts and feeling for my Precious relationship with my Savior as y'all do. I was what you might call a "hit and miss Christian" until 10 years ago, when I was filled with the Holy Ghost and started on my quest for a seriously meaningful personal relationship with Jesus. It's like I've said before, ANYONE can be religious, but it something special to have a personal relationship with God. Oops! Here I go again writing a book! LOL!

    God Bless, and drop by again soon!

    PJ

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  16. Sweet sweet words that I needed to hear and contine to ponder. Thansk so much for sharing.

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  17. Hi, Andrea :)

    Thank you so much for your kind and so lovely words on my blog !

    It's also such a blessing finding your blog ! I really like it here :)

    Have a beautiful and so blessed day !
    xoxo

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  18. I am thankful to have the Lord in my heart and to be able to lean on him the days I find it to difficult to stand alone. A beautiful and well written post as always.

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  19. What a beautiful post, Andrea! Your writing has poured an even greater love and awareness of Jesus into my heart. Thank you for sharing the blessing.

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  20. I love the imagery that you use here:

    "Running grace! Freedom to keep your eyes on Christ and give Him all you have!"

    All of my heart.

    Hurting a little tonight, but I know that He will heal.

    Precious words, Andrea.

    Sweet dreams.

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  21. Only a heart that's found healing in His presence can pen such words. I know you know much about that, for your wisdom is not theory. It's tested.

    I love your new decor.

    Kathleen

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  22. Very good post. I like that only "God can heal our hearts IF we give him all the pieces."
    Sometimes we carry bits and pieces for awhile..."thinking" that we hace given Him all.
    Bits of bitterness, bits of anger, bits of failure.
    Amazing how and WHY we do this.

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  23. Certainly only one answer and one way out as you so rightly say. Jesus Christ Himself.He takes the broken pots of our lives and makes them new so that we can express His life through them to others.

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  24. Thank you, Andrea, for this to-the-heart post; The words ministered to my soul. Bless you, Dear Blog
    Friend.

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  25. God is the only one who can heal these hurts the world gives out so readily. So true.

    Lovely new look! I saw you on my "requests" page in FB but didn't recognize the "Heart Springs" name--imagine my happysurprise to find out it was you!

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  26. Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed reading yours! You have a wonderful way with words.

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  27. I love the new look here! It's graceful and elegant. I hope everything with you is good, good, good. Are you back in your house?

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  28. There is nothing more beautiful, more precious than the Words of Him that suffered for me and for you and for everyone that really chooses to completely surrender!

    My dear, dear friend, what a blessing you are to me and to many others that have the priviledge to read the words that pour from your heart. It is truly a blessing!

    Yes, Our Lord suffered...it is the only way a Saviour can safe! By taking all of our errors, our inequities and make them His!!!

    Praise by to Our God, a God that saves!

    In His Precious Love,

    Maria

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  29. I "happened" upon your beautiful blog and just enjoyed reading so much. I know it was not coincidence. Thank you for sharing your heart in such a lovely way.
    God bless,
    BB from Ga.

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Thank you for visiting. I cherish your thoughts. You are special to me, but most of all, you are special to God, who loves you with everlasting love. May your life be swept into His joy and peace.

In the Wonderful Love of Christ our Savior,

Andrea