A little car and a big God.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted. He rescues those who are crushed in Spirit. -Psalm 34:18
I have been thinking a lot about my heart. Yearning for a pure heart, seeking after God. This is a big part of my journey right now, thinking a lot about the state of my heart. I once had a very cool looking car, no it really did look great: a vintage yellow mini that cost me $300 and could be started with the end of a teaspoon. For its impressive looks it had one major flaw: the brakes would fail quite often. And being a poor student I wasn’t able to get them fixed, so I just kept driving. One day a car in front of me suddenly stopped, I slammed my foot on the brake with no effect at all. I swerved the car into the next lane, missing the car in front by centimeters and thankfully, there were no cars in the lane I suddenly entered (heart beating hard..).
My car needed fixing, and driving it without getting it fixed was incredibly dangerous (yes really). In the same way my heart needs fixing, and leaving it broken is also dangerous. The Hebrew word behind crushed in Spirit is daqaq which speaks of crushing, of being broken into pieces. But it also means that God is our refuge. So yes I may feel broken and crushed, but God is drawing me to Him, to rest and find strength, to be made whole again.
It is a normal part of life to experience pain and trials; what this awesome passage reminds me is that I am not alone in those trials and pain. My task is to never forget that fact: I am not alone!! But also my task is to do all I can to fix the broken parts of me, to remove the pain as best I can. It takes action from me in relationship with God.
It is a little like me driving around in my vintage mini car with a specialist car mechanic sitting in the car, ready to fix any minor problem with me as the assistant.
I am not alone!! Praise God!!
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
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