Heart Zip Codes
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV)
Today I helped my baby Mia pack for a six month adventure with YWAM. It was a busy day as we had to run out to buy a few last minute things while we figured out what was necessary versus what was wanted. Hours later, I was surprised how together I felt as I kissed her goodbye (she was heading out to say some ‘see you in six months’ to friends).
I went to the dryer and pulled out her last load of laundry to fluff and roll into her suitcase . . . and as I wrapped my arms around the warm bundle . . . I lost it.
Sobbing, releasing tears rushed me in an unexpected flood.
An hour or two later, the tear-damp pieces were secured in her suitcase and her travel makeup mirror was cleaner than it was before we bought it. (You see, when I hurt, I clean. If you ever come over to my home and it’s spotless, you’d best grab a tissue box and get me to open up, because something big must have come down.)
But because God is God, when I sat down later with his Word, my eyes fell on Colossians 3:1-2 and the whole rush of emotions started again. It was as if He was asking me which zip code my heart was set on. Was my mind set on things above? Or on 91342, Mia’s new zip?
God has my Mia. He has her no matter what her zip code – or Canadian postal code – is. And He is with me too! He knows the pain of letting go, and will be wrapping His love around me as I learn to live a new normal. Because . . . God is God.
Father, forgive us for being so earthly minded. Help us to keep our hearts and minds set on heavenly things, knowing that You’ve got things under your care here on this temporary earth. Holy Spirit, come and fill us afresh and full today, that any emptiness would be saturated by You, taking away the sting of loneliness. In Jesus’ name, Amen!