|recent birthday gift from a friend|
Recently, I awoke and didn't feel like myself. After pouring some hot tea, I sat trying to calm my restless heart and found myself parched for God. In the days prior, I had read through the horrific abuse history of a sibling group in foster care that I was considering for adoption. Eight children in total had suffered abuse that literally made me sick at my stomach while at the same time the evil of the abuse & neglect enraged me towards the bio mom who had surrendered her parental rights recently. [more anger than I've felt in a LONG time towards anyone] After much prayer, advice and meditation, I decided to decline moving forward with the pair still available for adoption because I know that I am not the one God has picked to parent them. *deep sigh* All of this had taken an underground toll on me.
As I listened to one of my favorite songs by Audrey Assad, Restless, a line moved me that says, "Cause I know You're more than my salvation. Without you I am hopeless, tell me who You are....You are the keeper of my heart."
More than my salvation. Without You, I'm hopeless. You are the keeper of my heart...
I sipped in these words, along with my tea. Jesus is my Savior. And yet, he is much more than that! In Luke 10:27 the scriptures say, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ Because it is easy to focus too much on what I am doing "for" God, written in the margin of my bible is a note. I wrote it during a past sermon and it is there to remind me that my relationship with God is not one-sided or just about my efforts. The Father God is always reaching out to connect with me too. Our relationship is two-way! He gives me His heart, soul, strength, and - as much as my human mind can handle - his thoughts & understanding. Amazing!
To help this sink in deeper, I looked up the Greek definitions in the Luke 10 verse [Strong's text analysis] on biblehub.com of these words.
Here's what I found:
heart - our inner life, intentions, character, moral preferences
soul - the place of our affections & will, self, breath
strength - our ability, power, might, effort
mind - our understanding, reasoning, insight