My Very Heart
“I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you” (Philemon 1.12 NIV).
One of the hardest things to do is to give someone up that you love. Paul was sending his friend, who had become his “very heart,” back to Philemon. Paul wished that he could keep his friend with him, but he knew that the right thing to do was to send him back to where he belonged. Letting go of those we love can break our hearts if we do not trust in God. In fact, we may even be tempted to hold onto someone who God is calling away, thereby, disobeying God’s will. But we have to believe that God has His best purposes for those we care about, and we need to give up the control and allow our hearts to be open and obedient to the Lord. Yes, we will be sad by not having that person with us all the time, but we can be comforted to know that one day in heaven they will be present with us for eternity. God knows what He is doing, and He will accomplish great and mighty things through the people we care about. We can give God our heart and the people we love, knowing that He loves us more than words could ever express. God gave us His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, so we can give Him our loved ones, so they may fulfill their destinies.
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis.