Wednesday, March 30, 2011

His heart reaches…

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What does it really mean to have His heart?
 

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This is a question I have been asking, seeking, pleading to know and press into far deeper than I have.

I know that it takes God-sized compassion-filled heart to commit to a country called ‘the gloomiest on earth’ by one of its own.  The same country which when my husband asked a native earlier this week if he would be interested in knowing more about our ministry there, he honestly said that he didn’t care what happened to his homeland.  He believes it too far diseased to be redeemed and even tried to convince my husband we should be heading somewhere else.

Because this God, whose heart is beyond all description or imagining, inhabits our hearts, these depictions of the place we are being called to only serve to increase our resolve to go.  We pledge ourselves to the One who came from Heaven’s infinite riches and put on the stuff of rags and brokenness in a world gone completely wrong.  How can there be ‘a gloomiest place’ on earth when void of Him all of it is full of doom and gloom?

And how can any place be beyond redemption?  He came from the highest heights to the deepest depths, moved by His own character—the same yesterday, today and forever—and gave his life a ransom for many. He promises to speak the final world over all suffering and says that He has overcome it all.  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it!

I know that I know very little of His heart.  But I also know He promises to lead me in His perfect way.  He promises to give me eyes to see the despairing and diseased as He does.  He promises to take me step by step in my days in this world and to give me the strength to live and love for Him.

He promises not only His heart but the true acting of that heart over all of eternity, this world and my own life.  He knows the winds of change His Spirit will blow through all of the places where He is proclaimed in Spirit and Truth. 

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And as I sat with my beloved on a beach this past week and looked out over a glorious setting sun across a gulf’s expanse, I was reminded of the Beauty of Him.


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He paints His life and love and reaches across every gulf that separates and enters the hearts of all who would embrace His Beauty…His heart made flesh
 
…namely…
 
Jesus
 

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3 comments:

  1. oh i love the redemption so present here - beautiful.

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  2. I love how you want to go this "gloomy" place and impart Light. May He prepare your heart and strengthen your soul for the journey.

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  3. this reminds me of my reading last night in John...how Lazarus must have stunk..dead and decomposed. and God brought life out of deadness. beyond hope. He did and He can yes? praying for your heart Abby that it continues to breathe hard after Him...to you who cries for more understanding it will be given..to learn all there is right where you are...love you
    xo

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