I envision our hearts like a garden. We are born into this world with a void of fertile soil in our hearts for God to in-fill. Many times, before we have reached the age of 5 years old, we have received messages of rejection, unworthiness, incompetence, and extreme conditional love. As we grow and mature, our hearts become filled with messages that are lies and deceit which begin to take root. Then our beautiful garden starts to be overgrown with brush and thorn, thicket and death. The thickness of the rubbish overgrows and creates a shield over our hearts, and we live in a lonely and empty existence. We begin the search for ways to “feel” better through acceptance, shopping, material things, alcohol, drugs, and relationships. Inevitably, it is to no avail, and we drive ourselves into deeper loneliness and emptiness.
We can let God take hold of our hearts to be in partnership with Him. When we do, He’ll begin to work through the thicket of thorns and brush, pruning back the dead limbs and bushes, mixing in the fertile soil, planting new seeds, and nurturing them to their full potential. Then we begin to see the real meaning of love. God told us that He loved us first! His love toward us first causes us to turn our hearts to Him and love Him back. But if our hearts are so covered up with all the lies and hurt, how can we recognize His love? We must begin the process of cleaning up our garden and preparing it to receive God’s love. He offers it in His full and unconditional sacrificial gift of Jesus!
My experience is that when we invite Jesus into our heart, He comes to live with us, no matter where we are in our circumstances, no matter what we have done! He is a living God ready to extend His mercy and grace on all who call on Him. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I called on Jesus in a deep time of pain with a heart shattered to pieces. I have witnessed first-hand God’s abundant love in my life. One of the wonderful things about God is that He allows us to choose to stay where we are or to call on Him and His love as our Savior and for our strength! I pray for you that this moment you will choose to call upon the name of Jesus Christ to come into your heart to live!