Surprised with a gift

Have you ever gotten an unexpected gift from your spouse? How does it make you feel that someone who knows you so well took time out of their busy life to think of you and give you something they know you will like? It’s a special kind of feeling.

There is no one who can know me like God does. There is no one who knows the muddy details of my life like my Father. And the gifts He gives me are always good and often unexpected.

The other day my heart was missing Him because work was so busy. For several days I hadn’t had any focused time alone with Him. Everything felt pressured, and the conversations we did have seemed like they were rushed. My heart felt lonely for some quiet time just abiding in His presence and feeling His loving arms of affirmation around me. I also felt guilty, like I was a disappointment to him. Amid the rush, I opened an app on my phone to listen to some music. I put my earbuds in and clicked on one of the daily mixes. The first song that came on was one of my favorites, and so much of what I needed to hear. At the second song my heart started to fill, and I sang along to another favorite! The third was again a song I loved! It had spoken healing words to my aching heart many times. As the first of its strains played, I felt an elbow in my side. (You know the feeling) I looked and there stood Jesus, grinning. “You like?” He said. I laughed and nodded, my eyes watering with emotion. What did I do to deserve such a Friend? Feelings of guilt were washed from my heart as His grace flooded in. No condemnation. Only His abandonment to love for me.

God is so good and kind to me. I cannot help but love him.smartphone-vintage-technology-music.jpg

What is this all about?

It came to mind that maybe there is a misunderstanding over my use of the title The Untamed Heart, and so I’ll kick off this page by clearing that up. Or attempting to in my own way.

Originally, it was just Untamed Heart, but that was taken. Like the ideas about which I write (that was properly awkward phrasing)…… I’ll start that over. So these ideas I’m writing about – like my first title, they aren’t new either. Or original. Others have gone before me and still more will follow after, but as C. S. Lewis said somewhere,  (and I completely paraphrase) “Don’t be afraid to write about things others have already written about. Nobody can communicate an idea exactly the way you do.” Don’t Google that quote. I’m sure I got it wrong.  But the idea it conveyed remains nearly intact. (Maybe I should have called it The Awkward Heart. That’s how I feel sometimes when writing.)

And so the foundation for my choice of the title begins with the heart of God. Wild. Unfettered. Free. Untamed. You can’t put His heart in a box. You can’t cage it. It cannot be contained in any way. My favorite name for him is I AM. How regal. How powerful. How timeless. How Free.

When God created mankind, he created them in His image and by extension with His heart. Adam’s fall in Eden changed all that. Promised independence, he became a slave in chains, the captive of Sin and Death.

When Jesus was born, what was became an invitation to what could be again to any who accept. He was sent, in His own words, “…to bring good news to the afflicted; ….to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners…”. He made a way to restore our free hearts. To make alive what was once dead and give life abundantly! Sending the inexorable force of the Life of Jesus in all its wildness and power to flow through our new hearts!

And so because of the extravagant generosity and measureless love of God, we are no longer slaves. We no longer have the name Sinner. That person is dead. He was crucified with Christ. God has given us a new name. We are now sons and daughters of this wild God. Brothers and sisters to His firstborn Son. Friends of God. With new hearts alive.

Now listen to this: your heart is good. Say that again, over and over, as many times as it takes until you believe it. And these good hearts of ours are wild, unfettered, and set free. Free to live. Free to love. Free to be. Just like our Daddy’s heart. Flowing with our Father’s blood.

God gave His life to your dead, imprisoned heart and set it free. He broke your chains. He opened the door of your cage. The untamed heart is your own. Ressurection