Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Thought for the New Year

First of all, Happy New Year (a few days late)... I feel like I've been out of the blogging world for so long, even though it's only been a couple of weeks, but there's so much to catch up on...

I'll do that over the next week, but first, there's something that's really on my heart...

Each year I like to ask myself the question, "What do I want God to do in my heart this year?" I guess that could sound a little presumptuous, God will do as He sees fit, but I hope that the longing that He gives me each year, is from Him…a burden for something in my life that needs changing.

Over the last months, since our adoption, God has continued to show me how hard my heart still is and lately, I have found myself longing for God to break my heart...

Over Christmas, I was on IT*nes, trying to find some new groups that I would enjoy listening to and I stumbled across a song by Brandon Heath, it really spoke to my heart. Here are the lyrics…

Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black tile
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breath in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
All those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide what’s underneath
There’s a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
He’s out of work
He’s buying time
All those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?

I’ve Been there a million times
A couple of million eyes
just move and pass me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way you see the people all alone

Chorus
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten

Too often I find that my heart doesn’t break for the brokenness of humanity and that makes me sad. But I believe that Mr. Heath has the right idea…we need to pray for God’s eyes to see.

He created a perfect world…He gave us a tremendous gift and we wrecked it…that must grieve His heart…so it should grieve mine too. I need His eyes to see…His heart to feel…His love to give…His selflessness to sacrifice.

I have so far to go and yet, I am His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), a work in progress, being crafted by the hand of the Master… I am no where near where He wants me, but I’m so far from what I used to be!

I pray that when this time rolls around next year, my heart will be more tender, more compassionate, more full of mercy and overflowing with His love and grace…I pray that I will see more with His eyes each and every day.

Many blessings in the New Year!

5 comments:

Ruthi said...

Happy New Year Sharla...glad you are back.

Patientlywaiting said...

Well said Sharla. I love that song, his words ring so true. I am trying to see others as God does; His precious creation that He loves.

Happy New Year!

Hugs,
Robin

Truly Blessed! said...

"I pray that when this time rolls around next year, my heart will be more tender, more compassionate, more full of mercy and overflowing with His love and grace…I pray that I will see more with His eyes each and every day."

Wow, if ever there was a "loaded" prayer, that is it! I wonder if I'm up to the task of praying it too...

The Vinyards said...

I LOVE that song. I find myself singing it at work all the time. I enjoy getting on your blog!
Happy New Year-
Jennifer

HisTaiHens said...

The song strikes me too...It is amazing how thought prooking music can be when we truly listen to the words. I agree that you are brave to pray that prayer...can't wait to see how God challenges you this year in growing in those areas.

Oh - BTW - I'm eagerly awaiting hearing about Abby's Christmas....reaction to lights and trees and presents and such....I meant to ask at lunch Tues. and got sidetracked....