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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Thump (05/30/13)

TITLE: His Heart
By
06/06/13


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It has happened countless times before, each time worse than the last; the crowded room, the dizziness, the feeling that the walls are closing in. The physical symptoms trump any coherent thoughts, the reverberating THUMP in her chest echoing in her ears as the chills begin. To leave the room without passing out is the main objective, as the THUMP accelerates to a threatening pounding. She feels her windpipe begin to contract as the air is somehow sucked from the room, as if some unexplained atmospheric catastrophe is occurring. As she sits paralyzed, sweating, shaking, those around her seem unaware of her suffocation, or the resounding THUMP of her heart. Surrounded by the distant laughter she makes her escape to recover, alone.

Leaning against the bathroom stall, she crumples to the floor. The pounding in her veins begins to ease as she rests on the cold tile. Her heart has known many seasons—from gray and dreadful winters to frivolous spring times; numb and expressionless periods to times of searing pain. From condemnation to guaranteed relief, so many have offered her answers.

But there is One who knows her heart, better than all else. There is One who keeps her heart, for she has given it to Him. He sees her where she sits, and lists her tears on a scroll (Psalm 56:8). He would never leave her, nor forsake her (Hebrews 13:5). It is to the sound of his familiar heart she turns:

“He tends his flock like a shepherd, He gathers the lambs in his arms, and carries them close to his heart.” (Isaiah 40:11)

Thump.

As her own heartbeat quiets, she remembers that it is about his heart, his heart. He has seen her through every trial, and will see her through this one as well; for it is his strength, and not her own, on which she relies. She listens for its beat again:

“My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever,” (Ps 73:26).

Thump.

Amidst the doubts of others, above any perhaps unintentionally condemning words, she recalls that it is about His work, and not her own. She abandoned the striving for perfection years ago when she gave her heart to Jesus Christ, who alone is perfect. And again she hears his heart:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” (Matt. 11-28-29).

Thump.

“I know who I am,” she says, as she rises to her feet. “But more importantly, I know who you are.”
As she surveys the empty bathroom before exiting, she realizes it was not its solitude that rescued her today. Once again, it was her Lord, who never fails to see her through her trials, who will not forsake her for her weakness nor condemn her for seeking help.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?....

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)

Thump.

*All Scripture references are from New International Version.


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CD (Camille) Swanson 06/09/13
Great message...no matter what we're going through, or what malady, physical, mental, or emotionally, God is always there to get us through it.

God bless~
Yvonne Blake 06/11/13
I like how the verses calm the author's heart. Well done.