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Digging Beneath The Surface {That’s Where It’s At!}

It’s funny, isn’t it? You know, how when you think you understand something, God takes you to a whole different level. I’m not talking about ascending into the heavens, higher and higher, kind of level. Instead, it’s bending lower and lower, understanding that our knowledge and wisdom is so unsophisticated and basic next to the wisdom of the Omniscient God.

It’s the bending down of prideful statures, whose righteousness and prominence, in comparison to a holy and righteous God, is nothing but filthy rags.

And I can’t move past the fact that the “eyes of the Lord search to and fro, seeking hearts that are fully committed to Him,” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

And I can’t get away from the opening line in Luke 10:27, “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart…”

It’s this whole heart thing that has me here.

The heart that the bible talks about is not just a physical beating heart, but it talks about the heart “of the soul or mind, as the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors,” (Lexicon).

And it makes sense that this heart of mine is a fountain and a seat out of which so much flows. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it,” (NIV).

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It’s my thoughts, my passions, my desires, my appetites, my affections, my purposes, my endeavors… these are the things stored up in my heart. These are the things that flow out my heart.

And God is calling me to live life –with a heart- fully committed to Him. He’s not talking about a ‘surface-level-I-love-You-with-all-my-heart’ kind of a commitment.

Instead, He is asking me to go below surface- to that place where my thoughts sit. He’s asking me to go below surface, to where my desires and appetites drive me. He’s asking me to dig deep to where my affections grab hold of me blinding me, causing me to set up idols above Him. He’s calling me to break up some hard and stony earth, unveiling the purposes and endeavors I take up…

We are stopping here.

Here, where it’s dark. Here, where there is no hiding. Here, where it’s me and God.

And you know, I’m not afraid. I’m not embarrassed. I don’t feel the need to run and hide. I am so sure it’s His amazing and unyielding love for me that has brought me here.

Condemnation, guilt, and shame are not welcomed here.

I am absolutely certain that while we sit here, I am covered with His abounding mercy and grace.

Here, God and I, we sort through the parts of my heart that flow out and affect everything else I touch.

Here, God and I, we look at the parts of my heart that sabotage the work that takes place on the outside.

Here, He teaches me how to live life –with a heart- fully committed to Him.

And because I trust Him, and because this was the journey I embarked on last Fall, I remain here with Him. Deep calls unto deep.

I just know that when I come back up to the surface, I will no longer be the same!

Today’s Challenge:

Are you ready to go below surface? Go ahead and sit with God (and your pen and paper).

Are you living life –with a heart- fully committed to God:

  • in your thoughts?
  • with your passions?
  • with your desires?
  • in your appetites?
  • in your affections?
  • in your purposes?
  • in your endeavors?

 

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Comments

  1. It is such a blessing to know that you may sit, exposed and unafraid before our God as He performs His amazing work in your heart. It is a beautiful picture, sister! Thank you for sharing your journey and inviting others to walk along in grace.

  2. Robin says:

    Wow. Perfect timing. You’ve just summed up my inner struggle for the past six months. I’ve wrestled with a change in my job that requires so much of me that there’s simply nothing left to give. Not to my family. Not to my ministry. And not to the people who God brings across my path. So at the end of the day I’m disappointed and guilt-ridden that I didn’t get to do what I really wanted to do, what in my heart is most important, because I was obligated and responsible and…stuck. Living in bondage just to keep the plates spinning one more day. But not today. Today I lost my job, and I found peace :). What now? I don’t know, but it is well with my soul. I am overwhelmed that my Creator cares enough to intervene in such a big way, and that He’s used the written words of people like you to speak to me today. Thank you for expressing these thoughts in such a beautiful way. Your words resonate in my heart of hearts.

    • Robin, I completely understand the burden of disappointment. I pray God’s grace and peace over your life during this season. May His provision abound for your family, as it did for ours when my husband was laid off in January. Blessed that you have been encouraged on your visit here today!

      Check this post for some free printables I believe will be of much encouragement to you during this time. http://wp.me/p1GDsM-15v

      Sending my love and prayers,

      Darlene

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