My family and I love to go to the beach. We have particularly fallen in love with the beaches in Sanibel and Captiva Island in Florida. My littlest is a shelling machine and this past December, as we strolled along the beach with our buckets and shovels in hand, it looked as though the gulf literally dumped seashells by the bucket full up and down the beach as far as we could see. In some areas, we stood in shells that went over my ankles! My daughter giddy with excitement to share her love of shelling with me and me to spend some one-on-one time with her, we set our sights on finding our shells. I was in awe of the plethora of shells before us and it didn’t take long to notice that the shells we typically saw were not in the majority and the ones we had desperately sought before were there on display in large numbers and colors.
We all were born with the desire to be known. This is not a new feeling but one set in motion even back in biblical times. We place our identity upon accomplishments, successes, titles, what we have; in addition to all things good and yet this desire goes even deeper than our outward productivity! We want everyone to see the very nature of our hearts. We want to be seen, not just by the physical eye, but by the depths of our very souls. We want to be understood and valued as individuals not compared to the world’s thoughts and patterns. We want to be established or fixed in memories; however, we look in the wrong place!
Go to the fields, till up the hardened hearts trapped beneath the surface. For those broken free from the dirt and mire and who have ears that will listen, truth, grace, mercy and redemption will prevail into their very being and replace the darkness of lies once believed as truth. Workers are few but the harvest plenty. Willing hearts are needed to join Me in battle and cover the fields, no more idleness! You must not turn your head and think you are above the tilling. Clean the inside of your cup, and no longer the empty outward pleasing of man for I look at the heart. Be purposeful to the purpose outside of yourself for which I made you for the time is now to come and band together with me for just such a time as this.