The Sweet Spot — Near to the Heart

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing . . . But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”  John 15

I have so many thoughts swirling around in my head.  What a busy weekend!  What a busy week last week!  We had our end of the year banquet.  We had a wedding shower for Tre and Ketera.  Ketera and Ashley graduated.  Letisha had major surgery.  I was in Bible studies.

Ketera graduation

It was a great week for me in that I had two projects to work on — a video presentation at the banquet, and putting together the shower for Tre and Ketera.  I love having projects to do.  But when they were successfully completed, I didn’t feel as fulfilled as I would have hoped.  It was almost like it was more fulfilling working on them than it was in the final execution.

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So here is what I’m wondering:  Did I do these things too much for myself, or did I seek to give glory to God through them?  What I want to work on this week for this week is to seek solely to give God glory.  That is going to be the most satisfying.

And, with so much going on, I want to stay grounded, remain in the vine, as the verse above says.  I want to live in my sweet spot.  I want everyone around me to live in the sweet spot — all of us together.  And it’s disconcerting to me when I detect dissonance, people and things that don’t seem to be there right now, kind of plugged in, kind of out of whack.  I can feel like it’s my fault, that I should be able to center everyone and keep them where they need to be.

And of course, that’s God’s job.  Only Jesus can do this.  “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  (Col 1:17) 

As I was praying, I thought perhaps Jesus felt the same dissonance of people not in sync around him when he was on earth.  I have been doing a red letter study of the book of Mark, just looking at the words of Jesus.  How often does he say things like, You unbelieving generation,how long shall I stay with you?”  (Mark 9:19)  Jesus knew that there would be times that people wouldn’t get it.  But it didn’t affect him and his ministry.  He stayed grounded in God and kept being what he needed to be.  He kept telling people what they needed to know to get them where they needed to be.

The only places of perfection are Eden and heaven.  Ken and I were reading what some of the founders of the churches of Christ believed about heaven.  Some were almost premillennialist.  They thought that the physical new earth described in Revelation will be the heaven we will all experience.  I’m not sure I agree, but whatever our views of heaven are, we can agree that it will be a time when God is finally with us as He has always intended to be.  We will live flat in the middle of the sweet spot forever.

How do I find peace with my emotional hangovers, the shortcomings, the wounds I want to heal, the things I want to fix, the dissonance?  I have to bring it all into the presence of God.  There, all things settle, like snowflakes, into the places they are meant to be.  There nothing is out of control.  There, there is power for everything to change as it needs to.

I can’t say it better than the lyrics to “Near to the Heart of God.”  I like Christian Berdahl’s rendition of this.  Not so sure about the pictures someone put with this video — just listen.  I’ve put the words below.

  1. There is a place of quiet rest,
    Near to the heart of God;
    A place where sin cannot molest,
    Near to the heart of God.

    • Refrain:
      O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
      Sent from the heart of God;
      Hold us, who wait before Thee,
      Near to the heart of God.
  2. There is a place of comfort sweet,
    Near to the heart of God;
    A place where we our Savior meet,
    Near to the heart of God.
  3. There is a place of full release,
    Near to the heart of God;
    A place where all is joy and peace,
    Near to the heart of God.

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