Sunday, January 19, 2014

"And He Who Searches Hearts…"

My heart holds a secret. It is one we have tried to unlock, the cardiologist and I, but it holds tightly to the mystery.

It has been subjected to all manner of interrogation methods. Strange machines, looking for all the world like something from a Sci-Fi movie, have examined it from every possible angle. Electrodes have monitored its every beat. I believe if someone were to turn out the lights on a dark night, I would positively glow.

We have politely, if relentlessly, asked why it occasionally increases its tempo. It steadfastly refuses to answer. So we are left to wonder. There is nothing to be done.

I am in the process of memorizing Romans 1, 8 and 12. I didn't manage to get it all done last year. I'm still on chapter 8. There are five little words in tucked into the 27th verse that captivate me every time I whisper them:

"And He who searches hearts…"

The Lord, it seems, is in the business of plumbing the depths of our hearts. He doesn't need machines or monitors or electrodes. He simply sees. And nothing is hidden from Him. There is no secret, no matter how well we think we've concealed it, that escapes His notice.

However, there is no need to be ashamed or fearful. He looks with eyes of mercy and grace. The black blot we try so desperately to bury out of sight can only be cleansed when it is brought out into the light. There is freedom in the revealing.

He is the Great Physician. He prepared the 'Cure" for our scarred and wounded hearts long before we ever drew a single breath. Peace comes to us when there is nothing hidden, when all is clear between our hearts and His.



  1. Oh Linda, Yes! Im so thankful for all this. And I too am still working on #theromansproject! Im working on chapter 12 after finishing 1 & 8. Sending much love to you. Im so glad I found your blog and am so glad you're still writing! xo

  2. There's a wealth of wisdom in what you have shared. Keep that heart happy. It's a good one.

  3. Keep us posted, Linda; we all love you.

    1. I'm sure I will be fine Charlotte. Love you right back dear friend!

  4. I love these truths of mercy and grace. I believe your heart rate will soon normalize. I know from experience that worry can be a cause. The Lord has provided many good remedies in nature such as hawthorn, magnesium, potassium. Google Dr. Stephen Sinatra, cardiologist for more info. Love you~

  5. I'm just gonna assume that 'no news is good news' in regard to your arrhythmia. So sorry about that! But I love that small verse you've concentrated on here - one of my favorites. Even though it's often uncomfortable, I'm so grateful that God does search my heart and that there are gentle reminders from time to time that it needs some attention.

  6. I'm taking it as good news Diana. My heart certainly looks healthy from all angles. The arrhythmia is so infrequent - I'm just not going to worry about it. Thanks so much.