Squishy, soft, squeezable, approachable..... like a baby's cheek.
Being the fleshly humans that we are, our eyes are not set to look beyond what they can see. Status is so important in our society. Our eyes are drawn to power and position; our place in the community; the size of our house; which club we belong to; who we know; what someone can do for us. It is very easy for our heart's intent to be drawn toward these things.
Let's be real. Right now, in the middle of this blog, STOP. Stop everything you are doing and examine your heart.
There have been times in my life that no one around me would have ever known that what was on the inside of me and what was on the outside of me, were completely out of sync. To look at both, it would not appear that you were even looking at the same person.
On the outside, toting my flute to church, being there every time the doors were open; being a mom; being a wife; living in the nice neighborhood; Oh, and lots of smiles. It all looked so pretty from the outside. Deep within, though, it was a very different story.
Eaten up with deception and lies; depression gnawing at my soul; struggling with my faith; feeling like a failure, yet holding so tightly to my sin. I was trying to survive.
The hands of God held me close, though. He never let go of me, but He did deal with me. He did not write me an excuse and say, "Oh, that's okay, sweetie. I know you need to cope." You see, my heart had been so wounded for so many years, I was just trying to survive. As the days and months and years rolled on, my heart grew to be more and more like stone - I continued to look great on the outside, but Jesus saw the depths and agony of my stony heart..
When the Lord was speaking to Samuel in the Old Testament, He said, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
There came a moment when I had to stop.
I realized that I was fooling no one, except other humans around me, who did not matter, as far as my eternity went. God saw my heart. He knew that I "meant no harm, and was just trying to make it", but that still did not make it okay.
The longer we allow evil to live in our hearts, the harder it is to do something about it. Be honest with yourself. Have you gotten to a place where your heart is so hardened toward the things of heaven, that you can't even see it or hear it anymore? Have you been hurt so deeply by others on this earth, that you just don't care?
There is no salve for our souls that heals like the comfort of Jesus. God sees our hearts, but He doesn't just stand back with his arms folded, judging us. He stands with arms open wide, waiting to hold us.
The hug you will receive is like none you've ever experienced!
Let go of the hardness of heart and receive a heart that is moldable. It will do more for you than you can imagine... and then, you will find yourself reaching out to others who are walking the same path.