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When a writer writes, where do the stories come from? How does it begin? While watching the movie “Michael” the other night, I noticed one of the actors writing lines to a song as she experienced life. She would be having a simple conversation, and something would strike her—she would grab her notepad and write it down. Later, it all came together into a country song. If she had not made a note of her thoughts, she might not have had them later for her lyrics. I relate to that. I get a prompting, and then I make a note of it somewhere. When I am able to get some time on my laptop, it becomes a story. Sometimes, like with this story, I don’t even have a title as yet. I don’t know what God will weave into it as I type. But I have to start somewhere. I’ve heard what makes a writer, is that they write. So here we go again...
One line I really liked from the movie was when Michael said, “It’s a difficult case...to give a man back his heart.” Isn’t that what our Father does with us? We are born with a heart; it beats, and sustains our life. But later, when we find life has totally broken our heart, or covered it in the grime of this world, Jesus can create in us a pure heart. Reading through Psalm 91 these days, it is comforting. It says, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” In verse four, it says, “He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers.” In the movie, Michael the archangel has huge wings. When a dog is hit by a truck, he spreads out his wings, and looking up to Heaven, the dog is brought back to life—even though he said, “It’s not my territory.” I don't know what an angel's "territory" is. "Michael" is a fictional movie. It is not based on the Truth of God's Word. But it does say in verse 11 of Psalm 91 that God, "orders his angels to protect you wherever you go."
What do we do when life is beating us up wherever we go? Turning to Psalm 91 is an excellent choice. It says if we make the Lord our refuge, if we make the Most High our shelter, no evil will conquer us. As “evil” was attempting to conquer me the other night, and I camped in this Psalm, taking shelter there, I felt God rescuing me. It’s moments like that when our faith can be made stronger. When God meets a need that nothing and no one in this world can meet, the power of the Holy Spirit, as our Comforter, is so evident. The wisdom of God is a strong shelter.
Michael’s sidekick in the movie was Pansy. A pansy is also called a “Heart’s Ease.” Interesting. That’s what his “territory” was—to “give a man back his heart.” We can lose a lot of things in this world. My grandson, Cooper, lost his shoe in the water the other day. It slipped off and fell about seven feet down into the current of the bay. It could not be retrieved, so my son had to go buy Cooper a new pair of shoes. He came into the house holding his one shoe, looking quite distraught. I joked with him that he had made his other shoe into a boat! Replacing a shoe is easy. Giving a man back his heart can only be done by a Mighty God who knows where it went.
Searching And Noticing the Divine is not for sissies. Why? Because to notice God, we have to lose ourselves on a search for Him. We have to give Jesus our heart, so that He can give it back to us, creating something new deep down inside. It’s a “difficult case.” It takes angels, the power of the Holy Spirit, a Father who knows and sees all, the love of Jesus, and our willingness to call on our Savior to rescue us.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 (NIV)