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  • Writer's pictureSally&Mike McCarley

No Catchy Title Just a Heart Observation and Question

As we walk through Europe praying for people cities and counties I am overwhelmed continuously by how many people are lost. So many things fill our lives yet our hearts are empty.

I watch people all the time. People in subways. People on trains. People on the streets or in cafes or coffee shops or pubs or...... so many sad faces. So many in their phones to avoid eye contact. Smiling at a person doesn't always get a good response. It is sad and heart wrenching.

My heart has expanded in ways I did not know possible and yet I have also discovered dark areas of my heart that are cold, hard, intolerant, unloving, angry, frustrated--none of which fits with a transformed life. Did I allow myself to be deceived into contentment which caused stunted growth?

I see compromise all around me especially in my own heart. Now I wonder if it is compromise or the broken ruins of religiosity that the Lord is removing one brick at a time. I see castles that are still intact and wonder at the castles of religion in my lives. Places where I have determined my way is the right way "and I have scriptures to prove it" or if the cannonballs being lobbed at those walls are not really cannonballs of the enemy but the soft whisperings of the Holy Spirit trying to show me the beauty of transparency and allowing those walls to be removed so that I can see farther than ever before....

I understand we have to live our lives but I also have a reverent respect for the scripture in Matthew 24:36-44 that says: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Am I ready or am I busy living my life?

Am I ready or is the gate to my heart closed so on one can enter?

Am I ready or am I complacent?

Am I ready or am I stagnating?

Am I ready or not?

Is my life shining Christ so that I am leaving a trail where ever I the brass one below?

Are you?

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