How blessed are those whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
The substance of the heart consists of life giving chambers that pump blood and energy to the body. But the heart symbolically reflects our emotions, intent and what we aim for in life. Each of us gives life meaning by the goals we set, the desires we foster and the choices we make that define us.
Imagine every year you make a long pilgrimage miles away to a special place where you worship God, seek to honor His being, person and life and ask Him to forgive and love you all over again. Not in a fancy car going 70 MPH but on foot and on donkey. Certainly not your typical trip to Disney World. But a time where deep waters of the soul get examined and you have a chance to be honest with yourself about how you live and breath and how much you let God infiltrate your mind and soul with His presence.
And imagine your thoughts and feelings as you make that journey. You might wonder what God is really like and what plans He has for you. And you would likely ponder tough issues like how obedient you have been this year to His word and ways and how blessed you are to know an almighty God who forgives and loves you despite your shortcomings. Despite your struggles with a consistent faith.
As you look inside your heart and spirit, reflect on your own motivation to love and know God. Would you describe your heart as a “highway” that rushes to be in God’s presence? That longs to know Him more deeply and passionately? A heart and soul that can’t wait to get there – to worship and know your creator with vivid honesty and delight?
Maybe in 2014 we all need to look within and remember life is a pilgrimage to a very special place. That there is nothing like being in His presence. What a blessing that being with our Maker doesn’t require miles on foot. But depends on the realization that He is right there all the time – waiting for us at any moment to remember, worship and even talk with Him. We have Zion within our heart and being. Right here. Right now.