By: Carole L. Haines
Been healing at home from a recent fall where I hit my head. Nosebleeds have been the order of the day, pretty much every day, sometimes several a day. People give lots of advice when they hear you are sick. The best advice was given to me by my own husband, “Keep your head above your heart, honey!” As I began to think about the Spiritual implications of that statement, it reminded me of the many verses about the heart in the Bible. The heart means:
- soul, heart (of man)
- mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory
- inclination, resolution, determination (of will)
- heart (of moral character)
- as seat of appetites
- as seat of emotions and passions
seat of courage
The Word Heart occurs 726 times in 677 verses in the NASB
(Blue Letter Bible).
We are told many things about the heart in Scripture. It can be hardened or softened, drawn close or led astray. It can be reflective or prideful,thankful and joyful; broken or despairing. As I was reflecting on all this, a few verses came to my mind.
Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your
bottle. Are they not in Your book? (Psalm 56:8)
6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything,
through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known
to God. 7 And the
peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds
in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-8 (HCSB)
There is a part that I play, and another that is God’s, in keeping my head above my heart. I am to fill myself with His Word and truth, so that when emotionally charged situations come my way, I can respond with wisdom instead of with knee-jerk responses. I wish I could say I have mastered this, but I still have so much to learn. This business of keeping my head above my heart is really difficult, but I am not where I used to be with it. I have grown much and by God’s Grace, I will continue to grow and transform into the Christ-way of doing things, Learning to act instead of just react when my heart is emotionally charged is part of the maturity God is growing in me. How about You? Are you trying to keep your head above your heart in the circumstances of life? God has promised that He is the one who began this good work of transformation in you, and He is the one who will complete it (Phil. 1:6). Rest in Him and let Him grow you up into all aspects in Christ. He will teach us all to keep our heads and our hearts in the right place as we grow in Him each day.