I love the way God shows me His heart in the midst of my everyday life.
On a recent trip to pick up a few groceries, I went down the condiments
aisle searching for olives. But just as I selected a can of olives, I decided the ones in the glass jar looked better. It’s always nice to see what you’re getting.
While deciding which jar of olives to buy, I noticed how tight and squashed together they were. It seemed impossible for anything else to get in that jar with them.
At that moment a strange analogy came into my mind. I wondered if our
hearts look like a jar of olives to God. The connection being we ask God to fill us, but we are so overstuffed with the things of the world, there’s no room for Him.
That isn’t a new experience for God. On His first trip to earth, there was no room for Him in the Inn. Maybe things haven’t changed so much. Is there a “NO VACANCY” sign on the Human Heart Inn? Man, I want to put that sign over my heart after everything except God has been tossed out. Maybe I’ll even add a “NO TRESPASSING” sign!
OK…so I am still on my olive jar trip, intensely studying the olives far more than they deserve. The second thought comes re the amazing number of olives in one jar. You can probably see where this goes…Yah, God sees us all together, corporately as His Body, yet never loses sight of each one of us individually. I was not just another face in the crowd to God, or in this context, just another olive in the jar.….neither are you! Our amazing God is radical enough to want to have a one on one love relationship with each one us, to the point He wants to get right into wherever we are.
He yearns to fill us with the fullness of Who He is, (God the Father, Jesus His Son, and His Holy Spirit), with a passionate jealousy to have us completely to Himself. He isn’t looking to share us with room mates.
PSALM 139:23-24 (New Living Bible)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”