Sunday, March 9, 2014
"On Fire": Who Were You MADE to Love?
Sometimes a song comes a long and the original and remake just...resonate. Differently but equally. One example is "Foolish Heart":
Yeah. On the Sharon Bryant tip, I tried to find y'all the actual video with Denzel at the end (LOL). No such luck. Anyway, for those of you who may have never heard this song or forgot about it, here are some of the lyrics:
I need a love that grows
I don't want it unless I know
With each passing hour
Will be there, ready to share
I need a love that's strong
I'm so tired of being alone
But will my lonely heart play the part
Of the fool again
Before I begin
Foolish heart, hear me calling
Stop before you start falling
Foolish heart, heed my warning
You've been wrong before
Don't be wrong any more
That's the first verse and chorus and there are a couple of things that I like about it. First of all, I like that it says that Steve and Sharon are looking for a love that *grows*; that they don't want a relationship unless there is going to be a commitment *and* mutual participation. It takes real maturity to state that, on the front end, even in the midst of loneliness.
Secondly, the title of the song is like a "musical parable" (Matthew 13:13-LOL). I say that because, in many ways, is it not Jeremiah 17:9 set to music?
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]?"---Jeremiah 17:9(AMP)
Above *all things* the heart is deceitful. Hmph. That makes me think about I John 2:16 and how it says that *all that is in the world* is lust and pride. To deceive means "to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude". To deceive also means "to disappoint". So, when people sign up for the ridiculous notion of following their heart over following God (Proverbs 3:4-6), what they are essentially signing up for is being potentially and, more than likely, being misled and disappointed.
Which is what the song "Foolish Heart" is talking about.
It's a heart that doesn't want to feel that way or go through brokenness again.
It wants a love relationship that is truly right. Or not at all.
As I was thinking about the "On Fire" women over the weekend, as we "spring forward" and prepare for a new season (spring), God spoke something to my spirit; something that, if we all take it literally and seriously, it can prevent us from having a (or another) "foolish heart experience":
"Shellie, tell my daughters that they don't need to simply ask me for a husband. They need to ask me to be made specifically for who I have created them to love. And then to trust the process in the meantime."
Made: produced by making, preparing, etc., in a particular way (often used in combination); assured of success or fortune
Yeah. You see those definitions of made? God is so good to us! When you're made to love someone in the form of a marital covenant, the Most High prepares you. And he prepares you by *making* you:
Make: to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.; to produce; cause to exist or happen; bring about; to cause to be or become; render; to appoint or name; to put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix; prepare
Making? It comes with *a lot*.
We have to be shaped and changed.
We have to allow things to be brought about in their own time and way. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
We have to let God (LET GOD) appoint us. *To one person* (not multiple people).
We have to be put into a proper condition or state. (WHOLENESS-James 1:4)
We have to let God fix us.
And when we do, when we truly and fully *and humbly* (Luke 14:11) surrender to the process, that is when we can be assured of the success and fortune that comes with allowing God to cause our love story to exist or happen so that we can have a safe, secure and sacred marital covenant.
Makes sense, right? After all, how did the Woman in the Garden of Eden come to be?
"Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him."---Genesis 2:18(AMP)
It's a powerful revelation if you choose to receive it. Fully. And stop listening to your heart but instead, trust God with your mind, body *and heart* during the "making process".
God is too big to just "have us married"...
He longs to bring us (Genesis 2:22) to who we are truly *made to love*.
In order for that love to be pure and right and honorable to him. Our Maker.