- Religion and Philosophy
The Pathways of the Heart
The Heart in Relation to the Brain
If only our hearts were as elastic as our brains are logical. Whenever we here a phrase like, "Follow your heart," it's often in a theoretical context. These words often slip out of the mouths of the princesses in fairy tales, but when they happen to escape our lips, it's accompanied by a sarcastic undertone. Maybe it isn't so much that our hearts aren't elastic but it's that we allow our brain to get a sense for what our hearts are supposed to feel.
What is the Heart?
Instead of allowing their brains to get in the way, some people are prone to allowing their emotions to move and pull them. They mistake the extremity of their emotions for the depth of their heart and claim that they are only following what has been placed on the inside of them. We learn in Ezekiel 36:26 that our "stony, stubborn hearts" have been replaced with a "tender, responsive heart." Our heart were created to feel. However, our hearts are not the result of the totality of our feelings. In fact, God commands us to take care of our hearts in a variety of different ways. At first, these ways don't "feel" natural to our hearts.
So what exactly do our hearts consist of?
They are a place where, when lowered, they are able to lead by God. They are an organ that enables us to permit trust. And most importantly, it's an area of habitation that only you and God can enter.
There are many people we pass throughout are lives that leave the prints of their fingers upon our hearts as they journey through our lives with us. There may be even brief moments were people of importance graze past our hearts and leave an unidentifiable mark. But only yourself and God can actually inhabit your heart. When we loose awareness of this ability to be this amazingly close to our creator, we forget to listen for the secrets that He whispers to our hearts. Some things that He tells us are only meant for us to hear, as in nobody else can hear God in exactly the same way that you can. Psalm 25:14 says, "The secret counsel of the Lord if with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant." To have a fear of God means to have a deep love, respect, and awe for Him. His will has already been made known to us through His word. However, this scripture isn't just about knowing what His will is for us. This scripture is about having God personally show us the pathway. This is about personally receiving instruction from our Creator and allowing His ways to impact us at the core of our hearts, resulting in action.
Many times we're able to spit out truths that we don't practice in our own lives because we've only only God to graze that area of our hearts. We haven't given it over fully in that area. When we allow our hearts to become fully available to God is when we'll feel them start to work as they should. I believe God wants us to do nothing outside of our hearts. He wants to grant us the greatest desires of our hearts, but He wants us to delight in Him first (Psalm 37:4). In a futile attempt to fill our hearts with anyone or anything besides God, we render our hearts numb. When an object inhabits an area that only God was created for, the tension between what is right and what 'feels right' is tangible. That object may serve as a temporary source of satisfaction but only an eternal source can complete.
Our hearts are naturally aware that they need to be dependent upon something. This is why we witness our hearts so easily attaching itself to different things. Even when we try to resist its doing so. When you get past the uncomfortable act of stilling your heart before God, your heart will become addicted to latching itself onto Him and His goodness. Try to settle your heart before you read the Bible or pray to Him. When you go into it with an open, attentive heart, it prevents you from having a religious attitude or seeing these things as chores. One scripture that I have prayed often is Psalm 119:18. It says, "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law."