“Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless sea,
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, ‘Christian, follow Me.'”
–from the hymn by Cecil Alexander, 1852
When you find yourself in an unexpected season, how do you react? I have found myself taking up both hardness and surrender, with a heart that has revealed my own tendencies to waffle back and forth.
But God has no intentions of letting my waffling change His Plans. He is forever working to bring about GOOD.
When this week’s prompt showed up at Ronovan Hester’s site, Ronovan Writes, for his #Haiku #Poetry challenge, with the words “Shell & Coast,” I was set to find pretty lakeside images with dreamy vacation thoughts.
Oh, but how can I not listen to my heart when it is being stirred
with the truth of where I am actually walking?
A New Heart
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekial 36:26
In these days where my physical condition of waffling between pain and rest mirrors the way of my heart, I hear a VOICE beckoning to me, calling me.
Come, follow Me,
and I will remove your stony heart
and give you a tender heart of flesh
with a single minded will
to pursue the way of love.
Whatever the place where we find ourselves,
be it planned or unplanned,
there is a way to choose
within the day,
within the moment.
There is always
that our lives can speak of Love.
There is always
to be blessed by a tender heart
and a tender word.
I am thankful for these online communities that prompt my heart in ways both surprising and convicting. Take a risk and give it a try for yourself! You may just find an inner poet lurking within your heart as well.