1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.
My thoughts are sometimes like a linked chain. One thought is connected to the next, then the next, and the next, until I realize I’ve gotten so deep in thought I can’t even remember how I got there. Then it becomes a game and I try to retrace my steps to figure out how I even arrived at this current thought, and sometimes I can and most times I can’t. Well needless to say, that occurred today while I was making breakfast. And it all started with the Egg, hehe.
My carton of eggs read “Heart Healthy” so that got my mind started on a journey of thinking about how eggs benefit us nutritionally. How are eggs beneficial to the heart? My think tank was running. Then I started thinking about the yolk in particular and then the egg whites. I decided I was going to Google this information when I was done cooking to get some hardcore evidence, but before I could sit down to do that, I started thinking about the heart and how God sees it. We can put up a facade for other people, but nope, not for God. Whether we like it or not He has the ability to go straight to the heart and see our heart in everything we do. He can see if we are “Heart Healthy.”
I began recalling times in my life where I’ve heard people say, “O that person put their heart into it,” but what does that really mean? So then that thought took me to think about Chefs. Yes, Chefs (I’ve learned to accept that food is my gateway to my understanding. I’m unique like that!). In culinary school, we worked tirelessly on learning how to plate a meal from our instructors, the people we called Chef. We called them Chef because of their knowledge and skill, but it was more than just those two facts. When they would cook it was like watching someone create a work of art. You could see they put their heart right on the plate. You could feel the passion they had for what they were doing. As a student it was amazing to watch and it was what I aspired to possess. Anybody can throw some ingredients together and serve it, but when somebody puts their heart in it, whether it tastes good or not, you really can tell the difference.
This was even illustrated in my kids not too long ago. One morning they presented me with breakfast in bed, that I must admit didn’t look so appetizing, but as their big eyes stayed glued on me as they waited for me to taste what they had prepared, I knew they put their heart in making that meal for me. And regardless of how it looked or tasted, just to know they did their best and it was made out of love was more than enough for me. The opposite is also true. I’m sure we all can relate to eating something that was just slopped together without any love or care for the person eating it.
So if we can tell when no heart is or isn’t in something and we can’t even see the heart like God, it’s probably best we perform a heart check first before we do anything for Him. I know I personally don’t want to be caught serving the Lord up a plate of junk. Regardless, of how I may or may not be feeling. It could be when I’m serving in the church, going before him in prayer, or even paying my tithes and offering; I need to ask myself is my heart right. Nobody appreciates you doing something just because you have to, so I know God doesn’t appreciate that either. He deserves only the best, my best, and at all times and when He looks at my heart I want it to reflect that.
I know my prayer for today. Lord, perform a Heart Check on me! Show me where my heart isn’t right and where it is in need of adjustment so when You see my heart it is pure before You. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!
P.S. To think, this all came about from thinking about Googling some eggs. Like I said ya’ll, linked chain smh.