Where Hearts Grow Forever
In a movie called, The MIghty, an unlikely friendship forms between two teens. One is regarded by classmates as a big, dumb ox of a fellow. The other is called a freak because his body is deformed by a terrible disease. His skeletal system has stopped growing too soon. Their friendship is told in an engaging manner in the movie. The “freak” needs a bodyguard, which the big boy provides. The big “dumb” one, needs a smart friend to help with his schoolwork. Though it is a rocky beginning. They soon become fast friends with a unique capacity to understand what each other is going through. One day the ambulance comes to the “freak’s” home and takes him away. His friend wants to come, but “freak’s” mother won’t permit it. She tells him that her son has already died. With much emotion she reminds the big lad that he had always known her son was ill, and that his heart simply outgrew his body.
That line has haunted me ever since. I have known dear loved ones whose hearts outgrew their weak bodies. Paul said, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16) I love to think about how “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15) I love to think about how there…with Jesus…our loved ones hearts may keep on growing forever with no restriction. There love grows forever. There nobility grows forever. There peace and joy fill the heart more and more without breaking it. There loving worship is never interrupted by weariness. There willing spirits are never opposed by weak flesh. There they wait for us with shining eyes and great, growing and glowing hearts. William Cowper wrote to a beloved cousin, “There is not room enough for friendship to unfold itself in full bloom in such a nook of a life as this. Therefore, I am, and must, and will be, Yours forever.”
And if this is true of the noble love of Christian family and friends, imagine how much more true it is of the love God has for us…and we to Him. One glorious day we shall see Him as He truly is…and…wonder of wonders, we shall even be like Him. For He is faithful Who promised and will certainly finish the good work He has begun in us. One of these days…
Right now…where you are…in your present state of growth/understanding/ longing…what are you most looking forward to?