As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. —Proverbs 27:19
Some of the most beautiful pictures come from reflections in the water. Water gives the picture a mirror image. According to the verse above this is exactly what the heart of a person does—- it reflects the real person, it gives a mirror image. When you get to know the heart of a person, then you truly get to know that person. The trouble is many times we do not take the time to listen long enough to someone so we never truly get to know the heart of a person or who that person is truly like on the inside. Too many times we assess someone briefly only by what we initially see on the outside. It is only when we spend time with a person and listen to them that we can begin to truly see what is in their heart— who they really are.
I love to hear people’s stories— who they are, where they came from, what is presently going on in their lives… Some stories are heart wrenching to hear what difficulties people have gone through or what they are presently going through.
I was at the state prison last night with a group of men. For 2 ½ hours we were going over developing our personal testimonies— What our life was like before I trusted Jesus? How did I come to know Jesus? How has Jesus changed my life? It is always exciting to hear these stories.
Please pray for Shawn. The group had all taken turns sharing about what our life was like before we trusted Jesus and most of the group had shared how they came to know Jesus— how He saved them. Then it was Shawn’s turn. He said he has not trusted the Lord yet, but is reading the Bible, trying to understand who God is. His younger 19 year old brother had been killed in Iraq and he questioned why God would allow that to happen. Please pray that the Lord God Almighty would clearly reveal Himself to Shawn and that he would experience God’s comfort and peace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEtsHWFE6-w
Yes, it is not until we take the time to truly listen to people that we can really begin to understand who they are on the inside— in their heart.
Dear Father, may I take the time to listen to those I come into contact with that I might get to know who they really are. Then, please Father, give me the wisdom to encourage them toward Jesus according to their need. May this be so in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.