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1.8.19 – The Invitation to the Heart

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13

This morning I so perfectly and beautifully came to a passage of scripture I know I was to read today.

I love the way the Lord leads us ?

I am learning about His way so much lately, how His invitation can be so…. easy to miss, easy to pass by. But He can be such a beautiful discovery if we look and listen for Him.

I thought to myself, “Why does He often speak in this way? Something so important that we could potentially miss if we’re not so incredibly careful to be in tune to see and hear?”

I am realizing that He wants us to be to a point where we will lean in closer to hear what He has to say. He wants us to hush the rest of the busy world, to make a point to say, “No, wait a minute –Lord, what is it You are wanting to say to me? I really care to hear what is on Your heart.”

Have you ever had someone care to ask you, “What’s on your heart? I’d really, genuinely love to know what you have to say. Would you like to share with me?”

It’s just a really sweet thing isn’t it? Doesn’t it make you feel cherished?

If the Lord shouted all the time we wouldn’t have to lean in very much, would we? We wouldn’t have to ask Him what’s on His heart. We wouldn’t have to be mindful and careful to listen for Him.

That invitation to His heart can be so easy to miss if we’re not wanting to be invited. If we don’t really care.

Oh how I have spent many years not wanting to be invited. If you really think of it, how twisted is that? It actually was really twisted, and some unraveling had to happen to get out of it. I didn’t know what I was missing. ?

But the sweetest thing is how He cares to hear what is on our hearts too. ?

It surprises me how simple it is –how He simply wants us to sit down with Him, open our hearts to Him, talk with Him, and He wants us to get to a place where we care to ask Him what’s on His heart. He wants us to want to hear what He has on His heart. And that growing relationship transforms us…

It’s not the same if someone doesn’t care anything about what you have to say, is it?

But when someone does cherish and value every word….

How does it make you feel when you’re in a group and everyone has something to say, the conversation is going all over the place, jumping here, jumping there… but when someone says, “Hey, wait – what do you have to say? What’s on your heart? I’d really love to hear.” That does something doesn’t it?

And it’s not because they want to hear the latest gossip, they don’t want to just be in the know because they want to know everything, and it’s not out of obligation. They genuinely care to know your heart because they care about you.

And suddenly you would really love to share your heart with this person. Suddenly you feel able to be vulnerable and open with that person. Suddenly you want to share your heart with them, even your deepest secrets – because they care to hear you. You know it’s safe.

Hearts can be touched. Our hearts can be touched. The Lord’s heart can be touched and blessed too.

“I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.” -Psalm 16:7

I am reminded that it’s a relationship. Yes, it’s a relationship! Part of a healthy relationship is caring about what the other person has on their heart. Cherishing their heart.

Why would you push someone to hear what you have on your heart if they really could care less? Still, He invites us…

Thank you Lord, for that invitation to hear Your heart, for waiting patiently as You have led me to the place of longing to hear what You have to say, to hear Your heart. You are teaching me how to have a genuine relationship with You, and I’m thankful. It’s a more beautiful thing than I ever realized.

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so… (v 9) For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” – Psalm 107: 1-2,9

–Heather ?

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