So Close yet So Far

I did something that I have never done before.  I actually measured the distance between my nose and my heart with a tape measure. (At least where I think it is.)  8.5 inches!  Mystery solved…all is well in the world.

With a distant so close that it is shorter than my left foot, you would think connecting my head and my heart would be an easy task.  Yet, it is my biggest challenge…and probably yours as well.  Romans 7:15 NLT says, “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.  If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you recognize the challenge.  We want to follow God’s Word, teachings and even the things we get from our prayer time.  We know these principles and truths are what is best for us.  We know it is time for a change.  But, then we either do nothing or do something contrary.

Why?

In a physiological definition, the heart keeps alive by pumping the blood, oxygen and nutrients to our body.  Our head (brain) is one of the most complex decision making, voluntary/involuntary control centers and system keeping organs in the world.  If you want to know if there is a God, look at the human body.  To me, it is the most fascinating achievement in the world.  It is created, ages, heals, thinks, feels and has a soul. 

Which moves us to the spiritual.  Our heart is what houses our desires, loves, beliefs, convictions, passions and relationships.  Our head is what intellectualizes, thinks, decides, acts and makes choices.  In the physical, these two can remain separate because their functions are unique to themselves.  Not so in the spiritual.  It is messy.  Our desires and beliefs intersect with our choices and actions every day.  To throw a curve ball into that fun relationship, we are all sinners and are tempted to do our own thing all the time.

God isn’t waiting for our next mess up…He is waiting for our next shared moment.  Good or bad, He wants to be part of that moment.  He wants to see how you react.  He wants to be invited in.  He wants to talk to you about it.  He wants you to really open your heart and pour out your emotions, feelings and beliefs.  He wants you to listen to His thoughts and ideas. (He has some good ones!)  More than anything, He just wants to be with you.

Will you let Him?  He is so close…don’t make Him be so far.

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