Doctors talk of symptoms and problems. People in business refer to leading indicators. Even a child knows that what is on the outside does not exactly mirror the heart however it can be a clear reflection. There are links, however too often we chose to ignore even the obvious.
“A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.” (Proverbs 15.15)
What is life naturally telling you and me? Do we have the courage to listen, observe, and touch? Is reflection a part of the daily experience? Is there a feedback process so that we can learn from what happens?
As I walk through the malls full of Christmas shoppers it is incredible to see just how clearly the season is worn on their sleeves. It is almost as if life is a caricature playing itself out through the external behaviors.
I see the kid throwing a tantrum, who has been unable to focus on anyone but himself in recent memory. The tug at his arm is from a mom tired with the struggle and angry at the missing husband who refuses to engage in the process of being a true partner.
I watch the young girl pause for what seems ages at the clothing store, mesmerized by the latest window display. When two people join her, arm in arm it almost seems to echo a cry of longing. The contrast with the bubbly newlyweds who cruised up is startling to everyone.
Two grandparents stroll casually, full of compassion, love, and grace. Their kindness to a mother in distress with a young baby speaks volumes. Their parting words speak of helping each other along a shared journey.
Our hearts tell us truthfully what is happening in our space and steps. Often we try to deny what is a factual reality. Too often we prevent God from touching us on the inside, of healing our wounds, binding our cuts, and giving us a warm hug of assurance.
God naturally wants everything in our lives to be heaven realized. It is only natural.