How does God talk to you? Do you hear His voice in a certain scripture verse that resonates more than others that day? Can you hear Him in the wisdom of a trusted friend as you share your heartache over a cup of coffee? Do you hear Him in the way the wind gently brushes by your face, as you stand basking in the beauty of the outdoors, exhaling the worries of the day in prayer?
I hear God speak in so many ways, but the most vivid manner is through pictures. Moving pictures or day dream visions flash before my eyes, super imposing themselves on what my natural eyes take in. God speaks here, revealing hidden treasures stored up in His heart.
During a time of worship a few days ago I leaned in against the Father’s chest and listened to the gentle thump, thump beating rhythms. What I heard was beautifully reassuring. I believe He wants you to hear what His heart was saying that day too.
A prophetic picture
God and I were caught up in a moment, enjoying each others company. At one point my thoughts shifted from just He and I to the rest of the room. You see, the truth was I wasn’t alone, I was standing towards the back of a gathering where 200 people were engaging and delighting in God’s presence. That’s when I heard my heart ask His, “What are you thinking about today, God? What is on your heart for us?”
Instead of a verbal answer coming, I saw a picture of a woman standing in a darkened room. In the corner of the room I barely made out the silhouette of a plump and beating human heart. I understood that the heart belonged to the woman, and she was ashamed of its condition. Because the room was void of any light, the heart looked black as coal. I could feel the humiliation and contempt she held towards her heart.
Then I heard the voice of God command with authority and compassion, “Let the light in.” Before the words had time to linger, the woman responded. I watched in amazement as she reached in front of her and pulled back a set of heavy curtains with great relief and anticipation. The newly opened window dressings exposed large glass windows stretching up to a high-ceilinged room. Light immediately flooded in bringing warmth and promise to the once cold and gloomy room.
Now the heart in the corner appeared red and vibrant with life, as a healthy human heart should. God whispered in my ear a secret I knew even the woman believed to be true now. “Her heart was always that red and full of life, she just couldn’t see it for what it was in the dark.” The room without the light masked the heart’s true color and appearance.
Then God made the purpose of the vision clear. He explained so sweetly that many of His kids are like the woman in the drab room. The places their mind, will, or emotions have resisted or wrestled with the truth of who they are in His son, Jesus, are the precise portions of their heart they still believe to be dark and ugly. This misunderstanding provides a place for sin to easily flow out from.
He showed me that we sometimes hide pieces of our heart from Him. These pieces have sin overshadowing them, in many cases. We see the sin wrapped in darkness covering our hearts like the night covers the earth. But we forget, the earth itself is not dark. The earth is full of color the darkness hides.
The trees are still just as vividly green, and the apples which hang on their limbs remain ever so red and golden yellow. However, mid-night wanders walking underneath the branches would never know the glorious colors dangling like jeweled bracelets on a princess’s wrist if it wasn’t for the sunlight returning with the morning.
The wicked masquerade
In much the same way, the heart left sitting in the dark and shielded from the light of Jesus will appear black and lackluster. When God’s glorious light shines on the heart that was once shrouded in sin’s darkness, the heart’s true condition is finally realized.
I heard God say, “Have I not promised them a new heart?”
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. ~ Ezekiel 36:26
Then, the eyes of my spirit were opened to many in the room who were not worshipping as I described earlier. There was no delight in their interaction with God. Sadly, most stood or sat watching as others encountered God. Some couldn’t even watch. They simply blankly stared out at nothing, appearing numb, saturated in disappointment, and disengaged.
My heart cried out to God for their plight. I grieved for the sons and daughters wrongfully concluding they could not draw near to God. I saw their hearts not red, but gold and shining bright, but they saw only dark spots on their heart. The darkness of sin and shame misinformed and misguided them in a wicked masquerade.
What darkness can not hide
The sin covering portions of their heart was not their heart at all. Furthermore, no darkness could hide the truth and beauty of the heart God gifted them with from His eyes. For truly Jesus made way for the darkness to not even appear dark to God. When God looks upon His beloved and His treasured, He sees no darkness, but only His light, glorious light.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. ~ Psalm 139:11-12
Enter in. See yourself submerged in God’s light. Trust that your heart is covered, drenched, and full of God’s light. Enter in to His presence while there is still a choice to draw near available. Do not allow the lies of the dark one to misinform you about the condition of your heart.
Do not hold back and disengage. You are welcomed by God to always draw near and closer still. He has made your heart new so nothing would keep you from His love, not even sin. Your heart is not stone, but now made good because of Jesus. Chose to see your heart the way He sees your heart.
Open up and let the light in
Changing your perspective may mean opening up the curtains you put up to protect your heart from being seen. All the closing off accomplished was to cloud your ability to see clearly. Keeping what you believed was shameful and hidden in the dark only distorted the true vision of how your heart actually looks.
By opening up and letting in the light of Jesus, you can finally see your heart in its true form and accurate state. Now you can realize your heart is a beautiful and perfect gift meant to commune with your Father. Now you can see His light is within and on, through and around, under and over, everywhere, and every which angle your heart can absorb.
Let’s all open up and let the light in. Let us see, and see clearly. May we engage with God, and trust that Jesus truly has given us a heart of gold. May we most of all move forward, living and worshipping our Heavenly Father as though the matter is settled firmly in those golden hearts too.
Share your story
Has God changed the way you see your heart? Can you identify with the woman in the vision? Do you have a difficult time seeing the heart God gave you versus the old heart still hard and full of sin? What would have to change in your thinking to help you open up and let the light reveal the truth of your heart’s condition in God’s care?