LESSONS IN A JAM DOUGHNUT
A HOLE IN THE HEART
In spite of my middle age spread, thickening waist, cellulite and all that comes with the turf, I cannot resist a gooey, sticky jam doughnut with a cup of tea. I look forward to biting into that hole in the middle filled with delectable jam that oozes into my mouth. They are so yummy and delicious. I can go on and on about the joys of doughnuts but this post is not about culinary matters but on serious issues of the heart, such as holes.
A doctor told me that “the heart starts as one big muscle which gradually develops into four chambers; the atria and the ventricles. As these chambers are being formed, holes develop that are meant to close up before the baby is born”. Happily this is where the comparison between doughnuts and hearts ends.
Psalm 139: 13; For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb and
Psalm 139:16; Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
PART OF OUR DESIGN
I believe we are born with spiritual and emotional “holes” in our heart which only Christ can fill. We spend our lives trying to fill these “holes” with all sorts of things. Instead of closing up, the gorge widens. It’s something like blowing air into an empty balloon, the more you blow air into it the more space is created in the balloon. If you are not careful and you don’t know when to stop, the balloon eventually bursts. Sometimes our lives are like that. We simply don’t know when to stop the cravings until there’s an explosion.
We are designed to desire love. God is love, so we are designed to desire Him. What do you think the Samaritan woman was looking for having been married four times? What do you think Leah was looking for when she named her first son, Reuben and said, “ The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.”
HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT
The issue of God’s love is so deep that only the Holy Spirit can reveal to us the extent of this love. That’s why Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:17, that “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes all knowledge”. It is only by revelation that we can boldly say like Paul in Romans 8:38 that we are persuaded that nothing can separate us from His love. Without this deep understanding we will only be playing lip service to the fact that God loves us.
“Meanwhile does anyone care for a doughnut?”