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Topic: Valentine (05/16/05)
TITLE: A Heart Lead by God
By Amy Verlennich
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If you’re a parent (and if you’re not I’d invite you to imagine you are for a moment) you’ve been witness to a young child not getting his way. A child is told “no”, something is taken away, or not given, and as a result the child cries. Sometimes screams even turn into tantrums and the demanding child becomes extremely unruly. Now, as the adult in this situation, it might just be easier to just give the child his heart’s desire (especially if it’s in front of many over seeing and judgmental adult eyes), but suppose the young child wanted to touch the pretty glowing candle light. You wouldn’t allow the child to that. “Hot” you tell him, but the tears continue and the screams persist, so you decide you will let the child briefly touch the fire so he will truly understand what hot feels like. It is only then that the child realizes upon touching the fire, what he’s done and even though the touch of the flame was brief, it still hurts and you nurse the “owee” with kisses and gentle, loving words explaining you were trying to prevent any hurt from the beginning. You knew what was best all along.
How often are we like that child, begging to have our own way until finally our heavenly Father says, “Alright... this is going to hurt but you will have a better understanding of what it feels like because of it”? How many times have we pouted until we got what we wanted, only to find out that it wasn’t what we’d planned? How often did we then cry out to God to nurse our “owees” from broken pride and all the painful experiences He tried to spare us from, but allowed us to go through all because of our own stubbornness? More than your fair share? Too many to count?
The Lord is Mighty. He is Everything and All, but He is also your Father and you are His child. Let your heart be lead by the One who loves you, and knows best, and let your plans leave room for Him to direct your steps.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I admit I have wanted my way too many times to count. I have made plans of my own without Your leading. I have cried and pouted until You allowed me to get hurt so I would learn and be reminded Your way is the only way. Today I open my heart for You to direct my steps. Lord; lead me in the way I should go. I come to You for advice and Your wisdom. I come to You for Your love as my heavenly Father. Thank You for loving me, your child, so much that You are willing to teach me so I will learn and grow into the person you have planned me to be.
In Jesus’ name,
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