Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

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?

 

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10 thoughts on “Where Hearts Grow Forever

  1. I have to say that what I look forward to most is the loss of all my insecurities. Those insecurities keep me from loving without limits … from unfolding my heart to others trusting that my intentions will be appreciated.

    Insecurity may not be the right word. But something I have struggled with my whole life is the fear of loving someone more than they love me. Having my intentions misunderstood. Giving the way I want to give and it being misunderstood as looking for attention. Having my motives questioned. Showing more emotion than is proper.

    I want to act just right. Be just right. Which I know is impossible, but I try to monitor my actions so that they are not questioned by anyone as being inappropriate. I feel like it keeps me from using my heart the way it was created to be used.

    I look forward to the day when all will be just right. I can just be me without having to worry that I’m being too much or too little.

    • oakesclan on said:

      DEAR PAIGE,
      WHAT YOU DESCRIBE SEEMS SO EXHAUSTING. DOES IT JUST WIPE YOU OUT SOMETIMES? I DON’T LIKE THE THOUGHT OF YOU BEING BOUND BY SUCH CONCERNS…THOUGH I DO LOVE THE HEART IN YOU THAT CARES SO. STILL…THINKING OF YOU HAVING TO STRUGGLE WITH TRYING TO FIND THE PERFECT BALANCE…JUST THE RIGHT RESPONSE TO A GIVEN SITUATION OR PERSON…TRYING TO DO THE NEEDED THING WITHOUT LETTING IT BECOME NEEDY…TRYING TO HELP WITHOUT BEING PUSHY. MAY FATHER GOD GRANT YOU A KEEN SENSE OF WHAT IS TIMELY AND NEEDED…AND MAY HE KEEP GIVING YOU THE COURAGE TO RISK OFFERING YOURSELF OVER AND OVER…AND MAY HIS PRESENCE IN YOU FREE YOU FROM BEING OVERLY CONCERNED WITH WHAT OTHERS THINK (I THINK WE ALL STRUGGLE WITH THIS, DON’T WE?). THE HEART HE HAS CREATED IN YOU IS PLENTY AMAZING, TFS! AND I PRAY HE WILL HELP YOU USE IT “THE WAY IT WAS CREATED TO BE USED!” WITH YOU, I LONG FOR THE DAY WHEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO FULLY RELAX IN HIS PRESENCE…WITH NOT EVEN A HINT LEFT IN US THAT FEELS WE MUST PERFORM FOR HIM AS IF TO SOMEHOW MERIT HIS ATTENTION AND LOVE. PURE MOTIVES…PURE ACTIONS…PURE LOVE!!! NOW THAT’S LIVING! ONE OF THESE DAYS…

  2. I know my heart is full of wanting to help, love and being kind. There have been times in my life that heart-caring attitude has been abused. I don’t know how to do things just right so it turns out right for everyone involved.
    I really, really want to share my heart in doing good. God says whenever we think to do something good, do it. So I have done it and not everytime but many times it is not really appreciated. But people are glad to take things with the attitude of selfishness and not taking a look at how much my heart and myself just wanted to do something good for them because I cared.

    I am glad I have a big heart that does want to give but I know God also teaches us not to scatter (don’t know the word) who trample your goodness under their feet.

    I like the story of the boy who is ill and his heart outgrew his weak body.

    • oakesclan on said:

      YES, SISTER GAIL, YOU DO HAVE THAT KIND OF HEART. I KNOW WHERE YOU LEARNED IT. I DON’T THINK GIVING TO PEOPLE IN NEED FITS INTO THE CATEGORY OF WHAT JESUS WAS DISCUSSING WHEN HE SAID NOT TO CAST PEARLS BEFORE PIGS. I DON’T THINK HE IS REFERRING TO PEOPLE THERE. I THINK HE IS SAYING, “DON’T MAKE UNHOLY USE OF THAT WHICH IS HOLY.” SO…YOU JUST KEEP GIVING REGARDLESS OF THE RESPONSE OF PEOPLE. ISN’T THAT WHAT FATHER GOD DOES? WE’LL HOPE FOR A GREAT RESPONSE FROM THOSE WE SHARE WITH, BUT WE WON’T BE STOPPED EVEN IF THEY RESPOND SELFISHLY OR WITH INGRATITUDE. IT IS ALWAYS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE. IN GIVING WE ARE ACTING LIKE GOD. THAT CAN’T BE WRONG, CAN IT? I LOVE YOU.

  3. I am ready and looking forward to a lot of things…

    I am ready for my wisdom to be made foolishness in his sight.
    I am ready for Eden…the redeeming of all things good.
    I am ready for injustices to cease
    I am ready for all the wrong to be made right
    I am ready for every stolen moment/memory/life to be regifted to us.
    I am ready to look like Jesus…to be able to cease with efforts to imitate him and actually be the imitation of Him.
    I am ready to see the end of the physical separation of God’s family…and thus my daughters will be able to spend every day with their Oma and Poppa.
    I am ready to kiss the hand and feet of my Savior and thank Him face to face.
    I am ready for imaginations to be exceeded by reality.
    I am ready for end of the hope… b/c who hopes for what He already has?
    I am ready to live in the midst of the perfect Kingdom…serving the perfect King.

    That’s good for now 😉

    • oakesclan on said:

      SON, WHAT YOU WROTE IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR NOW (AS YOU SIGNED OFF) BUT IS GOOD FOREVER.
      I SEE NO NEED OF ADDING TO YOUR LIST. I LOVE IT. AND, SELFISHLY, I AM PARTICULARLY MOVED BY YOUR 8TH ITEM OF READINESS…TO BE WITH MY TWO PRECIOUS GRANDDAUGHTERS FOREVER…AMEN. I MISS THEM SO MUCH THAT, AT TIMES, IT’S HARD TO BREATHE. I AM COMFORTED THAT THEIR FATHER AND MOTHER LOVE THEM SO…TEACH THEM SO WELL…PROTECT THEM ALWAYS…AND GUIDE THEM IN THE PATHWAY OF FAITH. I WOULD NEVER HAVE DREAMED THAT I SHOULD HAVE SO PRIVILEGED A PLACE IN THIS LIFE AS TO BE POPPA FOR MY FIVE STARR(S). I AM READY FOR THE GOOD WILL OF FATHER GOD TO BE DONE ON EARTH AND IN MY HEART AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. I LOVE YOU, SON…WILL BE PRAYING HIS GRACE AND STRENGTH FOR YOU OVER THE NEXT THREE WEEKS OF GRUELING SCHEDULE.

  4. Email Girl on said:

    Immediately when I first read this I began thinking of what I look forward to in eternity, and through all the things I thought of I kept coming back to one desire. Dougout says it well in his list. “I am ready for every stolen moment/memory/life to be regifted to us.” Yes…that is what I most look forward to…that is what I long for. I can see me sitting on Jesus’ lap, resting my head on His shoulder and just giving Him my broken life, my horrid memories, my stolen innocence. I’d tell Him how I had been searching for Him all my life, and He’d tell me that He knew. I’d tell Him I was sorry for ever doubting He loved me, and He’d tell me that He understood. I’d ask Him how he saw me when I was hurting most…I’d ask Him where He was those days that I was so badly mistreated…and He’d tell me He was right there holding my hand, lifting my chin, mending my heart, protecting my soul. I’d have to ask Him why…why my life was riddled with abuse…why I was a target…I don’t know how He’d answer that, I can’t even speculate what He might say. I don’t know the answers to such questions…but I know with all my heart He has answers. I want to hear from Him that it made Him sad, that He cried with me when I cried, and it angered Him as it angered me. Once I am assured that I was not the orphan that I felt like…that I was not someone that should have been thrown out…that I was significant, that I did matter and that I was loved very much…then, I will welcome Jesus to take all that bad stuff away and give me my life…my eternal life…my happy life…my free life…the life He always wanted me to have.

    • oakesclan on said:

      DEAR E-MAIL GIRL,
      WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS PICTURE YOU PAINT OF YOUR FORWARD GLANCE INTO ETERNITY! THAT YOUR HEART IS ABLE TO PERCEIVE AND COMMUNICATE SUCH GLORIOUS THINGS IS WONDERFUL EVIDENCE OF HIS WORK IN YOUR HEART THAT HAS BEEN SO TERRIBLY BROKEN. EVERY TENDER GESTURE OF JESUS TOWARD YOU THAT YOU VISUALIZE IS RIGHT ON…I BELIEVE THAT WITH ALL MY HEART…AND I LOVE THAT YOU BELIEVE IT TOO. YOUR PERSEVERANCE OF FAITH IN SPITE OF YOUR HARD, PRESSING, DISCONCERTING, PAINFUL QUESTIONS IS INSPIRATIONAL TO ME.
      I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY…THERE MUST BE SUCH A WONDERFUL EXCHANGE COMING BETWEEN OUR WONDROUS LORD AND ALL OF HIS, WHO IN THIS LIFE WERE SO SORELY WOUNDED…WHO SOMEHOW KEPT ON…WHO LIVE THEIR WHOLE LIVES ON EARTH SCARRED BY THE GRIEVOUS EVILS FORCED UPON THEM. I JUST BELIEVE, AS IN THE CASE OF JOB IN THE OLD BOOK, THAT HEAVEN’S ATTENTION IS RIVETED ON THOSE PRECIOUS, FAITHFUL SOULS, LIKE YOU, WHO TOOK THE WORST THE DEVIL COULD DISH OUT…EVEN AT SUCH A TERRIBLY VULNERABLE TIME IN THEIR LIVES…AND STILL KEPT LOOKING…AND KEEP LOOKING…TO GOD FOR THEIR NEXT BREATH…THEIR NEXT STEP…THEIR REASON TO GO ON. IT IS OUR FAITH THAT HE WILL NOT DISAPPOINT…THAT IN HIS PRESENCE EVERYTHING WILL BE MADE RIGHT. DEAR SISTER, THE SEEDS OF THE LIFE HE HAS ALWAYS WANTED YOU TO HAVE ARE ALREADY SOWN IN YOUR HEART. YOUR WORDS HERE SHOW THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN ROOT AND ARE BEARING FRUIT. SO VERY GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU. GOD BLESS YOU… YOUR PRECIOUS CHILDREN…AND ALL YOU HOLD DEAR.

  5. I want to feel whole and healed. I no longer want to feel despair over damage done by others that was beyond my control. And I especially want to be healed from the damage I allowed to happen. God has worked tremendously in those areas in the last year or two. But there are times when the wounds will rip open once again, maybe they aren’t as deep and maybe they heal a little quicker than the last time. But I am ready for them to be as if the wounds were never there in the first place. I know that when I get to go Home, those scars will be healed and never hurt again. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

    • oakesclan on said:

      IT’S COMING, SHERRY! IT REALLY IS! I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE HOW GOD HAS BROUGHT YOU ALONG IN CERTAIN WAYS. HIS GOODNESS TO US IN THE PAST AND PRESENT CONTAINS A GUARANTEE FOR OUR FUTURE DOESN’T IT? OUR GREAT GOD, BECAUSE OF JESUS, NO LONGER REMEMBERS OUR TERRIBLE SHAME OR OUR INEXCUSABLE SINS, BUT I LONG FOR THE DAY WHEN I, ALSO, NO LONGER REMEMBER THEM. DON’T YOU? GOD IS ABLE TO CHANGE OUR SORROW INTO REJOICING…TO GIVE US A CROWN OF BEAUTY IN PLACE OF OUR ASHES…THE OIL OF GLADNESS IN PLACE OF OUR WEEPING…AND A GARMENT OF PRAISE IN PLACE OF A SPIRIT OF DESPAIR. TO NEVER HURT OR BE HURT AGAIN…WONDER OF WONDERS. ONE OF THESE DAYS, SHERRY…

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