DayBreaks for 11/17/15: A Heart Outside Your Body
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
Genesis 31:48-49 – And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; and Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
You’ve seen the Mizpah necklaces in lots of places. They are very common (or at least they were!) during my teen and college years. Boyfriends and girlfriends exchanged them as a token of their love. It has the last part of verse 49 printed on one side of the medallion. It really is two necklaces, each with half of a heart torn down the middle. The love birds are saying that it won’t be until the two parts are put back together again that they will feel whole – as if half their heart is outside of their body. It is a very difficult thing to be young and “in love.” Your thoughts are consumed by thoughts of your loved one and you don’t really feel alive until you see them again. Every moment of every day, your thoughts fly back to them over and over again.
It is no different as a parent who is separated from their child. The longing to have the child home again, to be able to see them, converse with them, celebrate with them is huge. Those who have not experience their children growing up and moving away, sometimes far away, can understand that statement. As someone once said, “Having a child is like having your heart walk around outside your body.”
God most certainly knows that feeling. How many children does He have walking this veil of tears? He knew the feeling when His only Son was here. He knows that feeling with you and I, for we are His children, too.
Copyright 2005 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, we have so much to learn about love. As your bride, may we prepare ourselves – not with outward adornment, but through learning how to love so that we may give you the glory that you deserve. In Jesus’ name, Amen.