What is this ability our children possess to capture and recapture our hearts, day in and day out? And what can we learn about God from it?

My mind wandered as I drove back roads in rural-ish Mississippi. My body drove this well-worn path from our house to our church without any necessary guidance from my brain.

So, I began to reflect on the two little girls in the back seat.  As hard, as physically draining, as mentally exhausting as being a parent of preschoolers is, they are able to capture my heart anew at the drop of a hat.

With a funny comment, a well-timed kiss, even just their perfectly designed profile as they watch TV, I fall head over heels for my children once again.  I can spend all day correcting them, disciplining them, pulling my hair out over them, and an unexpected cute or kind act on their part can turn my heart around on a dime.

What is this ability they possess to capture me and recapture me, day in and day out?  And what can I learn about God from this?

The light cut through the tunnel of leaves the oak branches made.

I realized my soul’s chief desire is to be captured afresh by the Lord each day.  I want my heart to turn on a dime when He whispers my name, even if I am frustrated with the circumstances He’s allowed or the discipline He’s handing down or the rules He expects me to follow.  I want my hardness of heart to melt instantly when He speaks to me as my tender Father. When He speaks to me through His scriptures, I want to brim with love for Him. When He shows his faithfulness, I want to be captured.

I want one slight show of His goodness to overwhelm me in such a way that I remember no more how hard, how physically draining, how mentally exhausting life can be.

He wants to do this for me. And for you.

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint,” (Jeremiah 31:25).

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6).

Ask Him to capture your heart today.


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