I have a picture of ‘bleeding hearts’. It was looking out the front window and seeing the plant in the fullest bloom ever that assured me of another of God’s little prompts. It was just strings of stems this spring and I thought it was dead for sure. It was not dead, ‘bleeding hearts’ abound.
Life abounds with ‘bleeding hearts’ doesn’t it? There is frailty, poverty, sickness, terror on every channel. I don’t watch much TV because of it. The sensationalization of the condition of mankind ‘doing what in their own eyes’ (Judges 17:6 and 21:25) will wear a person down. A child will often be ‘out of control’ if there is not a parent with good disciplining skills and a heart of love to guide and teach. “Don’t touch that stove.” doesn’t always keep the child from touching it, but the burn will deter a second time and a good parent will care for the child and their burn, while reminding the child ‘don’t do it again, there are consequences’. So many no longer grow past the ‘undisciplined child’.
There are several takes on ‘bleeding hearts’, but I won’t bother about the biased ‘poor mouthing’. I am more concerned with the real ‘bleeding hearts’. People are in physical, mental and spiritual pain, their hearts are bleeding. When the body begins to age and things are not as easy to do. When becoming financially and physically depleted and there is no longer the agility to ‘go and do’ as before. Life hits with realities too much for the mind to understand. There is a feeling of loss and separation from this life because there is no firm foundation, no knowledge of the true foundation or wandering from the memory of the foundation once instilled.
The foundation, the source, the healing, is available to us in God’s Word. He tells us how to live, (Exodux 20:1-17) and with the instruction gives us a promise of life here right now and eternally. Touching the hot stove doesn’t always teach it’s lesson. Life has consequences with ‘our’ choices. If we do what is right in our own eyes, (Judges 17:6 & 21:25) we have made our own will ‘god’ and the first commandment is broken. We become a ‘bleeding heart’. We don’t even know it sometimes until it has overwhelmed us or even killed us. (Check out Thirteen Commandments by Rick Hoover, paperback at Lulu or E-book at Smashwords. Or other online booksellers …shameless promo here…)
Daily the awareness of those who are truly ‘bleeding hearts’ becomes the seat of a more ardent prayer life. Jesus prayed for us and we are to pray for one another, encourage one another, support one another in this temporary home. We will all die. This life will end. Eternity is a long time…to continue dying.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.