Psalm 131 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quietened myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and for evermore.
A number of years ago when I reflected on these words, they disquieted me and made me uncomfortable. As someone who likes to study, analyse, examine and understand, a readiness to calmly set aside things without doing such things did not sit well with me. Yet I have grown to realise that there is much that I do not understand and I never will understand. Such things may be crises on the world stage such as Ukraine or Syria, seemingly intractable situations that churches face, inexplicable occurrences in the lives of individuals and other situations. As the psalmist reminds us, at all times we must put our hope and trust in the Lord, and we can silently hold such situations before our Father, praying for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. In all matters, both those we understand and those we do not, let us hold them before the Lord, knowing that He will hear and answer in accordance with His perfect will.
A few years ago I contacted Max Lucado to ask his permission to translate his daily devotionals from MaxLucado.com. He was quite happy about it and he wrote back:
“It is a wonderful honor to be a part of this valuable website. God loves all the people of Romania . It is my prayer that every single person of this great nation discovers the love of God and the gift of Jesus Christ. Thank you for allowing me to share a word and, Lord willing, lift a heart.” Max Lucado.
I was overwhelmed by the fact that Max Lucado wrote to a kid like me. Wonderful. Speechless.
I’ve created a blog, Max Lucado Romania, where we translated some of his devotionals. We stopped for a while but we started again a few weeks ago. He’s playing with the words and illustrates deep Biblical truths in a way that fascinates me. He used an interesting illustration in his book, Grace – More than we deserve, Greater than we imagine, that I would like to share here.
When grace happens, we receive not a nice compliment from God but a new heart. Give your heart to Christ, and he returns the favor. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you (Ezek. 36:26).
You might call it a spiritual heart transplant.
Tara Storch understands this miracle as much as anyone can. In the spring of 2010 a skiing accident took the life of her thirteen-year-old daughter, Taylor. What followed for Tara and her husband, Todd, was every parent’s worst nightmare: Continue reading “Spiritual heart transplant – Max Lucado”