Not as man sees does God see, because he sees the appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Have you ever felt wholly unwilling to say or do something that was hard?
As a teacher of fertility awareness, I often joke that my speciality is TMI (too-much-information). Aside from helping women and couples to understand their God-given fertility, I also strive to help them to grow in their relationships. Consequently, we sometimes talk about deeply personal, really tough stuff, including actions that will either help a relationship to thrive, or (to put it bluntly) to rot.
When conversations like these threaten to surface, there is often a tiny, obstinate voice in my heart that says, Why do I have to speak up? I'm no one important. Can't they hear this from someone—anyone!—besides me?
Yet somehow, in my Why me? argument with the Lord my heart is softened, I begrudgingly consent to speak up, and I see these couples, time after time, come to a deeper understanding of their call to love.
Thanks be to God, He looks beyond my prickliness, melodrama, and hard-heartedness to invite me to share His truths with the world.
But it's not just me, Sisters. He sees the weight of your hearts, too, and He desires nothing more than to send His Spirit rushing upon them, just like He did with David. We need not be afraid or to shrink from our weakness. As Pope Saint John Paul the Great reminds us, "We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son." (source)
Whether with David generations ago, or with us in 2018, Our Father has always been in the business of making the ordinary into something extraordinary. May we learn to see as He sees, and be willing to respond when He calls us.
Is God looking into your heart today? How do you think He sees your heart?
Karen Schultz hails from the Land of 10,000 lakes, where she is often found in or near one of them. As a doula, lactation educator, and FertilityCare Practitioner, she finds joy in helping women to embrace the gift of their bodies. Downtime is found in quiet adoration chapels, farmers markets and gardens, listening to bluegrass music, and embracing the diversity of Minnesota’s seasons. You can find out more about her here.