This week, as I have nursed my sore legs ( find it much easier to run quickly down the stairs instead of taking them one painstaking step at a time), I am reminded of an article I read a while back on conditioning. This author was a fitness expert, and he was encouraging readers to rest between workouts to allow their body to recover and gradually become conditioned to the stress of the exercise. In discussing sore muscles, the author stated that it is during the healing that the muscles grow stronger.
Our hearts are muscle, are they not?
Last night, after the lights went out, littlest son was full of questions about the heart.
“Is it true,” he asked, “That the heart pumps blood through the body?”
Yes, I explained, the heart is a muscle and that is its primary job.
“Then why,” he wanted to know, “Do we say that the heart has to do with love?”
I explained to him that ancient peoples believed that the heart was the center of the body and so when falling in love, it was as if saying you were giving the center of yourself to another person. We talked about how the heart reacts to emotions, beating faster, leaping in joy, etc. (I know, but it was the best I could do under such short notice!)
So, today, I am thinking about my heart.
My reading this morning from 1 Peter 4 told me to “love deeply”. And I am reminded that the more I use my heart muscle, the stronger it will become. But I must also remember that it is in the healing that the strength comes.
For me, this year has been the time of healing. Like my legs, I feel my heart grow stronger through this healing. It has been painful. But I feel closer than I have ever been. Closer to what God has intended for me. He gives me the strength to rest in this painful healing. It would be much easier to plunge headlong down these stairs…it hurts less. But I have walked down one painstaking step after another. Deliberately experiencing all that God has to give me through this suffering.
If your heart has been wounded, you must give it time to heal. It is in the healing that it will grow stronger. Just like the legs, or the arms, or any other muscle in your body, this will take time.
Go to Him. He is your shelter. He will give you the healing rest.
Please let me know if you would like me to pray for you. My heart goes with all fellow sojourners in this healing pilgrammage.
Love to you, Dear Ones.