Here Is Where Broken Hearts Go - Hearts That Don't Break - Exploring Love In The New Age.
Whitney Houston sang a famous song titled, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" Many of us have experienced heart ache in one way or another and had our hearts broken.
Is it possible to have an unbreakable heart?
Imagine if they sold such hearts, wouldn't most of us love to purchase one so we wouldn't feel the stings and arrows that life and people throw our way?
For a long time, people often accused me of feeling too much. Of wearing my heart on my sleeve. Of having a soft heart. Of being mushy! Of being an incurable romantic! Of seeing too deeply and refusing to leave things.
For a long time, I could not understand why other people's pain affected me. Why when I cared I really cared to the point of destruction. Why most times I could only swing between two extremes, hot or cold but not lukewarm.
It often felt like I was too hot! I was too passionate! I loved too much! I gave too much! I was too sensitive! And for years I battled with these labels assigned to me by people.
I would often go to G-d and ask, 'But HaShem, why?'
'L-rd, why don't you just give me a stone heart like others?'
'I hate feeling pain, why do you allow me to feel pain like this?'
'And L-rd, how can some people be so unfeeling and so hard and tough?'
'Why don't you make me like that?'
Looking back now, all I can say is, what utter foolishness on my part. I thank G-d:
- Because he refused to hear my ignorant and selfish prayers.
- He opened my blind eyes to the truth.
And this is how it happened.
I was going through a particularly difficult period in my life where my heart was being tossed around the place like a Yoyo when I came across Prophet Ezekiel's words.
At first, his words didn't register but as the weeks went on and I kept mulling on his words, my light bulb and eureka moment arrived and I remember jumping around the place like I had found a treasure field.
"I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh."
Let's break this scripture down further:
- Heart of stone: When we think of stones, we think of hard, cold, unfeeling, insensitive, uncaring objects. Dead objects.
Do stones break? All the time. And very easily too. Ask people who work in quarries or remember the last time you broke a very fragile yet hard feeling drinking glass (since glass is made from the same chemical elements as stone).
- Heart of flesh: When we think of flesh, we think! Soft, malleable, flexible, warm, feeling, sensitive, caring. Alive! Physiologically when you especially take the differences between smooth muscle, skeletal muscle and heart muscle then this even becomes more profound.
If you need to experiment, for the non-believers and those who love to experiment, why not get a glass cup and then a piece of meat.
Throw both on the ground and see which one will break and which one will stay whole.
Many of us have gone our own ways and abandoned G-d who was our first love. And because we abandoned and forsook him, our hearts have turned hard and bitter.
G-d is calling us back home. He is calling us to return to his every lasting love and embrace.
What G-d offers is a heart that cannot break.
A heart that is beating, feeling, working and sensitive.
A heart that keeps living and giving and being.
A heart that will stay in truth despite the pains of life.
A heart that will carry on loving and forgiving despite being betrayed, hurt and deceived.
A heart that stays whole despite being flogged, tossed around, taken for granted, despised, insulted and abused.
A heart that stays open and refuses to close itself off in high towers of bitterness, pride, anger, despite all the storms life throws at it.
A heart of flesh! A heart that is alive. A heart that knows right and wrong! A conscious heart!
So where should broken heart's go?
Broken hearts should go to G-d so that he can heal and restore them.
G-d wants to take out our stony, dead hearts and give to us hearts that are living.
I pray that the L-rd will take out all the dead and stony hearts and give us hearts of flesh.
G-d give us soft hearts that will obey you.
G-d give us a heart like yours.
A heart that is devoted to doing what pleases you.
G-d a heart that lives for you and does your will.
Forgive us for the times we have chosen ourselves and the world over you.
Forgive us our sins.
L-rd, we forgot you as our first love. Help us return to you with the passion we had in the beginning.
Let us treat you with anticipation and excitement like going for a first date.
G-d let our love for you never tire or grow weary.
Help our feebleness in loving you and living for you.
Help us return to you because you are our first love and you always will be our one true love.
L-rd in a world that pressures us to live for ourselves instead of living for you, please help us to choose living for you always.
18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.
19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign L-rd. ”
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