Column: A matter of the heart

“What is the house you will build for me and what is my resting place?” Isa. 66:1b

When God asks us what house we will build for Him so that He will have a resting place, do you think He means our hearts? So often it seems we can think in terms of physical structures, as if He really means a building, a structure or a dwelling. But what if He meant that He wants us to prepare our hearts in which He can find a resting place? What would that mean for us?

It would probably mean we will have to be alert to our thinking and our thought processes and whether they are negative or positive, and if they are the former, be aware of that. For only when we are aware of things can we change them. So being aware of negative thoughts and how they affect us can help us challenge them.

As we prepare our hearts to be a resting place for God, it can also mean that we will think about how we treat and talk about others, especially those who have harmed us in some way. And to say they have harmed us does not mean they intended to do so, but that we perceived it to be so.

Preparing our hearts to be a resting place for God could also mean that we will learn to love ourselves and everything we have said and done, or not said and done. All of it, and then give it to Him for cleansing if it is not the best of ourselves, for what He asks for is a contrite heart, a heart that is sorry and remorseful when it has hurt itself or others, not one that is perfect, without blemish. It’s His job to offer us mercy. Can we let Him do that for us?

What can you do today to prepare your heart to be a resting place for God?

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.