Today’s Reading: John 12:7-8(NIV)
7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended, that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
Four year old Emily hopped up on my lap and emphatically stated, “Nanny!” “I have a heart here,” pointing to her chest, “and a heart here,” pointing to her throat, “and it is blinking at me!” I looked up at my daughter for a translation of what I just heard. Rachel said, “Emily has a heart that blinks and she is very aware of it when she feels the pulse in her throat.” I laughed out loud, but Emily didn’t see it as any laughing matter. She was quite serious, in fact. I asked Emily if everyone has a blinking heart, and she replied in an exasperated tone, “Of course do they do, Nanny!”
I imagine Emily’s tone of voice was much like that of Jesus, when Judas saw no good reason for Mary to waste a pint of pure nard on the Master’s feet. He saw it only from a financial perspective. They could have sold the cologne for a whole year’s wages and given it to the poor. How could she frivolously waste it? Jesus saw Mary’s blinking heart and understood her intent and motivation. This was the reason He came – to save the blinking hearts of the world.
I cannot imagine a world without the love of Jesus in it. My heart would have nothing to blink for if I did not know the master pacemaker. Sometimes we have a hard time seeing all the blinking going on around us. We get preoccupied with the things that we deem so important that we somehow miss out on the beauty of our own pulse. It is the heartbeat of the world. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John ).
If you are reading these words right now, lift your hand to your neck and feel the pulse point. Is your heart blinking today? Do you know the master creator? He loves you. He gave you this pulse and a life and an opportunity to love and serve Him. As we move through this day, may we be mindful of all the blinking hearts in the world. Who will be Jesus to them?
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC -
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