One of the subpoints of a very bold and powerful message from Kay Arthur Saturday was to pray that God would allow the things that break His heart to also break ours. She cited Jeremiah 4:
"If you will return, O Israel," declares the LORD,
"Then you should return to Me
And if you will put away your detested things from My presence,
And will not waver...
Break up your fallow ground,
And do not sow among thorns.
Circumcise yourselves to the LORD
And remove the foreskins of your heart..."
Kay's message was centered on returning to Truth as it is presented in the Bible, rather than the watered down, politically correct, gray-area-laden, 'multiple truths' approach we are indoctrinated into in modern society.
While her point can be applied to countless things in our lives, it has been most apparent to me this week in what I see happening in marriages around me. Without getting into details that would lead minds to gossip and speculation, there are multiple marriages I am personally acquainted with going through traumatic changes. Most of these unions involve children, so I am watching the pain and hurt cascade from the lives of the men and women divorcing into the lives of these children.
I am not judging what is happening. I am heart-broken over it. I am so sad that these lives are going through all of this. As I have prayed for these folks and discussed the sadness of it all with my husband and closest friends ad naseum, I am reminded that this is an example of what happens in our lives when we are left to our own selfish devices. I can't help but think of the lies in culture that we can all "have it our way," that "we deserve a break," that "life happens" or that we should "follow our hearts" and "just do it." I am frightened and angry at how deceived we are, often without even realizing it.
I am a fan of pop culture, generally. I listen to mainly praise music, but I have a ridiculous, shameful weakness for celebrity gossip. I like Desperate Housewives and Greys Anatomy...but, seriously, I am feeling very convicted about getting back to the roots of Truth. Life is not a fairy tale or even a well-written sit com. It is not a romantic comedy. It is actually something FAR better, in that, it is real. But real brings pain with its beauty, suffering with its celebration and sacrifice and selflessness with its abundance. You don't get one without the other. I am frustrated by our (including myself here) attempts to make life into something fictional and without blemish.
"Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word." Psalm 119:36-37
Oh, how I long to model this kind of living for my children.
Lord, break of the fallow ground of my heart--circumcise it--so that it may be tender for You and Your ways alone. Grant me insight to recognize the bluffs of this world and reject them for the sake of your Truth.