Monday, June 21, 2010

Go With the Heart

One of Eve’s biggest mistakes was she stopped and started to think about what Satan was saying and it made sense to her. Not everything God tells us makes sense but that’s where faith comes in. We need to learn to be lead by our hearts and not our heads. Joyce Meyers

Just the other day some co-workers and I were talking about the balance between those who think too much and the ones who don’t seem to think at all. On one extreme are those who think things out to a great deal of extent while at the other end of the spectrum they lack a good thought session before they jump into things. I don’t know but maybe our ancestors Adam and Eve were the ones who started that ball rolling, don’t you think.

Yes indeed Eve was the first one to try out this concept of “thinking outside the box.” She didn’t do too well as we all know. She made the mistake of stopping long enough to think about what Satan had just told her. Being the sly character he is it didn’t take much convincing to get her to see it his way. We like that. We seem to feel more comfortable when things make sense to us.

My grandkids try this tactic on each other as they say things to their siblings that may not be all that nice to hear. Soon I’m the one who hears, “Grandma! Brooke just said this to me or Aubrey said that about me.” My first reaction with them always has been, “And you listened?! That is your problem, pilgrim.”

For some reason I get quite the reaction out of them as they think I should be first going after the one doing the talking. If you think about it I can see God reacting in the same way to us, “And you listened!?” We are way to gullible to fall for what makes sense but when it comes to accepting what doesn’t make sense from God we often falter.

I must say when I was told to never have kids because of my epilepsy, that didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t care what the doctor’s said. I got pregnant anyway. During the pregnancy things started to make sense why they didn’t want me to get pregnant. Luckily it turned out okay but after that I knew better than to even try.

Isn’t there an old saying that goes, “More dollars than sense?” Or was that suppose to be “more dollars than cents.” Oh well it sounded good, as having “more faith than sense” sounds good too. Instead of spending our entire life questioning what doesn’t make sense we need to trust that the Lord knows what He’s doing. We may never see or understand what He’s doing but that needs to be okay with us in our hearts.

Somewhere along life’s rugged trail we got the impression that things needed to make sense to us. We rack our brains till we can’t think no more trying to make sense of stuff. Back when I had epilepsy people would ask questions about how I felt about coming down with it at the young age of 19. At the time to me it didn’t make sense why it happened but I did know one thing. I knew that God wasn’t out to try and fill a quota on a certain number of epileptics in the world. I had it and what I was going to do with it was what I needed to make sense of.

Recently I’ve been going through a situation that for the life of me doesn’t make sense either. No one should ever have to endure the pain I’ve been feeling, the tears I’ve shed, and the sobbing I’ve done. Looking at it through my eyes it just doesn’t seem to have any great purpose other than the purpose of giving me either a heart attack or a bleeding ulcer.

Indeed I know, as I’ve learned from the past, the best thing for me at this moment in life is to learn to be led by my heart instead of my head. My heart tells me everything is going to be alright. My head tells me it’s a lost cause. My heart tells me to keep on going. My head tells me to quit and give up. My heart tells me to trust the Lord. My head tells me to trust in my own instincts. My heart tells me to be patient and wait accordingly for God’s plan. My head tells me I have better plans God can use since the current design doesn’t seem to be working out.

If we try to make sense out of everything God does we will soon find ourselves “over-thinking” it to death, our own spiritual death because the lack of trust needed to allow God to work in our lives. The only thing that needs to make sense to us is God’s love for us. The love He demonstrated that doesn’t need explaining.

We need to go with the heart and trust the promise God has given us in Jeremiah 29:11 when He said, “I know the plans I have for you…” He never said, “I know the plans I have for you will make sense.” Remember that trust today leads to further faith tomorrow. Go with the heart instead of the head.

Boy, I was windy today. Thanks for stopping in, now run along and read and share with the others in our circle of friends today writing about today’s quote.


Denise said...

Such a wonderful post, bless you.

D.J. Hughes said...

I like how you correlated the saying: "more dollars than sense" with "more faith than sense." I am going to remember that one.

I tend to over-analyze things and think too much about stuff. I always need a good reminder to step off the mental gas pedal and just trust that God knows what He's doing.

Thanks for sharing today. Praying for you.

Sara said...

Just found you today ... loving the visit. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit and get to know you.

Splashing for HIs glory,

Nic said...

I love your post, hon! I will be back on the Linky once I have mine up. Thanks for hosting today! :-)

Anonymous said...

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