Lately, I haven’t been myself. Not just lately; rather for several years or so. I usually have I good sense of perception, in touch with how I feel and why. Yet, now I am lost, grasping at straws to comprehend the frustration within me. Perhaps, knowing I’m not where God wants me to be and not doing anything about it is to blame. Nonetheless, I heard a quote on the radio yesterday that might have diagnosed my problem,”what’s in your heart is making you cold.”
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? – Jeremiah 17:9
Music tends to speak to me when I am depressed. This quote reminds me of Foreigner’s classic song Cold as Ice from the 1977 album Feels Like the First Time. The context of this song refers to a woman’s actions, suggesting a broken relationship has occurred and the interactions are tense, like a cold hearted soul who doesn’t care about you. The prophet Jeremiah writes about the complex nature of human heart in the passage above. I guess the heart is unpredictable, expressing what’s inside of you in the form of cruel words or harsh behavior as detailed by Jesus in Luke 6:43-45.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh, Ezekiel 36:26.
Diagnosing any problem is the first step, but without a solution, broken hearts will continue to convey negative emotions. Thus, another prophet provides a prayer outline for any one who is willing to change. This new spirit is like transforming your perspective from negative toward the positive. Any change will take a transitional period to break old habits. Yet, for those who bring your dirty laundry to the feet of Christ, Matthew 11:28-30, the heavy burdens on your heart can be eased. As time proceeds, may your prayers for change exchange regret with God’s grace and love.
by Jay Mankus