“Hello, my old heart, how have you been? Are you still there inside my chest? I’ve been so worried, you’ve been so still, barely beating at all. Hello, my old heart, it’s been so long since I’ve given you away. Every day I add another stone to the walls I’ve built around you to keep you safe. Hello, my old heart, how have you been? How is it being locked away? Don’t you worry, in there you’re safe. It is true, you’ll never beat, but you will never break.”
Over the last 5 years I have locked my heart away but only recently did I start putting heavier and heavier stones around it to keep it safe. You see, I was following Christ but keeping my heart locked away because of the fear of pain in life. I have been controlling toward my own heart, making sure it is always safe and secure.
A few days ago this song, “Hello My Old Heart” came on the radio. I immediately started to weep. God told me that what this man was singing, was the exact relationship I had with my own heart. God told me He wanted to remove every stone I have built around and for me to leave my heart open on a slab for Him to heal. He said to me, “Tristan, I will keep your heart safe and secure.”
Recently I have had every right to lock my heart away. The loss of family, relationships, work and hope. You may have every reason to lock your heart away and to put stones up around it to keep it safe. But I tell you there is so much Joy in breaking the walls down and leaving your heart open for the Lord to take care of. There is a God who is after your heart and His desire is to be one with you. He can only do that if you give Him your heart fully. Pain will come, but the Word says, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed.” Job lost everything, his Wife, Children, home and livestock. He could have locked his heart away but instead He worshiped God. You don’t need to add stones to the walls you have built up around your heart, God wants to restore you and replace those stones with His hands to hold your heart.
“Set your old heart free”