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hearts unfolded...

As I was running in the heat of the day (102!), along a trail, my heart beating as hard and fast as it could, I looked down for one small moment, and I saw this...a leaf laying so gently upon the gravel, and I immediately saw my own heart as if a bolt of lightning had just flashed in front of my face. It was a solemn, stark reminder of all that I have inside. Part of my heart is so alive and ready for anything, part of my heart feels dead, and is waiting for the spring rain to nourish it, part of my heart is missing and is hurting, praying for my Savior to fill it so the tears will stop. I saw every part of my heart, every part of the heart that the Lord has so tenderly and graciously repaired and redeemed, every part that He has held in His own hands as I sometimes trudge my way and try to navigate through this life, failing often, but no doubt, standing taller when I rise back up. I saw every hurt, every victory, every joy, every fear. My heart is real and I am no better then the next, probably far worse of a sinner than most, but I have one thing that keeps me separated from the groups of people that invade this society...I have a love that never fails, a hope that never diminishes, a peace that passes all understanding, even my own, a joy that is always available...I have Jesus.

"But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him." C.S. Lewis


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