As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. – Proverbs 27:19
Have you ever been to a lake, or a swimming pool? Sure you have.
Have you ever peered down at yourself and taken in your reflection? The person looking back at you may be a bit blurry because of the water’s ripples, but you still get the general idea of what you look like. Looking at your reflection, you can make out your face. Your eyes are gleaming back at you. Your nose is present along with your mouth, your ears, and your cheeks. The color of your hair is easily discerned, and the color of your cloths radiate back at you. You know that that person staring back at you is essentially you.
Now a little dare for you. Look at your heart.
Look at your heart?
How on earth do you look at your heart?
What are your dreams? What do you desire the most? For every heartbeat, what do you long for?
This is not the place of reasoning, for we all know that our hearts can be outrageous at times. Your mind is the place for your sanity. Your heart is where you long for things you know you shouldn’t or possibly for things you think you can’t have. Your heart is the place where your first crush develops, your first love. Against all reason, against all sanity, this is where we have the dreams of becoming someone great, something completely beyond our own reasonings. This is the place where our biggest secrets lie. This is the place where love, hatred, anger, deceit, and truth take root and grow. You want to find out where dominant factors in your life came from? Look at your heart. Everything first took root in your heart and like a wildflower grew from there.
Ask yourself what do you desire the most?
Some of us jump at the question. For example, when a friend asks me what I desire at that moment, I feel loved and cared for. For others however, when someone asks them what they most desire, they shrink, they don’t want to tell you the secrets that lie in their heart. They may know that their desires are wrong, or they may think they have no way of getting what they desire, so thinking about it gives them pain.
Would you like to lay out the plans of your heart?
Looking at a finished house, you can see how a contractor followed the plans that an architect had drawn out months earlier. If you look at your life, you can trace almost everything you have done, are doing, will do, or almost every relationship you have with people back to your heart. On your heart are written the plans of your life. Your desires have shaped those plans.
So again I ask you – what are the desires of your heart? What are those desires doing in your life? Are they making you a better person, or are those desires dragging you down a path of unrighteousness.
Contrary to what you may be thinking, we are the worst architects for our hearts, we desire things that lead to our destruction. We tend to want things we shouldn’t want. Our heart never knows what’s best for us.
But someone does. God knows what is best for your heart.
Let Him be the master designer of your heart. Seek Him for the right desires. Ask God, plead with Him, to align your desires up with the ones He has for your life. Then and only then will your life turn out the way it should. Just like with every house, there are always problems: a leaky faucet, a cracked wall, a broken light switch, so also will there be problems in our lives. However, having God design the plans leads you down a much healthier heart path. After all, a builder would never start building without first consulting the best architect. And you can’t get any better than God when it comes to designs for His children. He is omniscient, omnipresent. There is nothing beyond Him. He knows the ends and outs of every person, every situation. So why not give the panning over to the One who knows best? What have you got to lose?
Send you heart down a healthy path. Let God give you your desires.
Take a look at your heart, and be honest with yourself – what do you really see?
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct according to what his deeds deserve.” – Jeremiah 17:9-10