Isaiah 55:8 KJV “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”
In my quest to live a life that is holy, righteous, and pure, I find that in doing so my preconceived notions about life: love and loss: living in between, have shifted and changed significantly! I find myself in a place of peace amidst the storm. As my heart seeks His face, my thoughts seek His thoughts, my will seeks His way – I am able to pause in the middle of the storm and give thanks to the One who holds my hand. I give thanks to the One who keeps me in the shelter of His loving arms. I give thanks. What previously would have shaken me to my core and all but knocked me down and out, has moved me, yes, but has neither caused me to bend, nor break.
My heart is too busy chasing after Him! With a willingness to learn, a desire to serve, and an opportunity to give… My heart is after His! Obedience, as I learned from the shepherd boy who would be king, is the answer – if I want to be counted as one who is “after His own heart.” Integrity is essential, that shepherd boy would also say, if asked, “Why were you chosen?” We cannot negate the value of worship as our hearts long for and seek after Him.
Psalms 37:4 KJV “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
As an individual with no real desires, so to speak, yet I have heard so often, “The Lord is going to give you all the desires of your heart.” I have heard others share with me the desires of their own heart… My thought: Something must be wrong with me! I have no desires… I know that I desire God’s will in my life. I know that I desire to serve Him. My heart longs to be full of what He wants for me – no more no less. There is nothing that I have to possess. I do want to see my children grow up and live for Him (that is a desire). But, for myself, I have no real desires. I am praying that as I serve and do His will, He will reveal the desires of my heart as I open my heart. For now, I am so full! My desires are solely and completely after Him and the things of His Word! (I suppose that goes along with: delight thyself also in the Lord…).
My heart is spilling over because I am head over heels, totally in over my head, never felt like this before, makes me speechless – in love! Oh how excellent, oh how sweet it is to be loved by Him and to have a heart after His!
*Original image taken by Jessy B. Quote by Lysa Terkuest*