Heart Open Before the Lord

A beautiful bouquet of living, bright yellow tulip bulbs

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts. (Psalm 139:23)

Logan gave me a vase of tulips for the dining room table. It’s lovely. The vase is a cylinder, tall and elegant. The tips were tight buds when he brought the vase home, and now they’re soft, yellow blooms.

But what draws my attention isn’t the silky petals. It’s the bulbs. They’re fully exposed. The tear-shaped anchors, holding energy and life, are cupped by tiny plastic prongs in the bottom of the vase. A daily refreshment of water keeps them nourished and strong. There is no soil. And I’m moved by this.

I think it’s because something that is usually hidden from sight is now open and exposed. Fully vulnerable for viewing. The bulbs are usually buried under earth, secret and shrouded. Not to be seen, known or explored. But this vase leaves them uncovered and open wide.

It’s how I want to present my heart to the Lord.

I think of David’s plea for the Lord to search him and know him, and I want to echo this heart in my own life. The inside-me that is often covered to others, buried, protected and unexposed–I want it laid bare before the Lord. Open. Honest. All hidden things uncovered.

Then he can begin the molding, shaping, holding and healing. A heart open to his work, for his glory. It seems to me a beautiful thing.

My vase of flowers means much to me. My son knew it was something I’d enjoy. But I’m thankful, when I walk through the dining room and it catches my eye, that God intended these tulips for something even more.

Lord, let my heart be fully open to you. Amen.