“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20
If you have ever stepped foot on a yoga mat, chances are you’ve heard the term “heart opener” and you’ve practiced postures intended to do just that. From a physical aspect heart openers reverse the way we live our daily lives; hunched over a computer, driving, cooking, working, writing. We spend much of our lives with our shoulders slouched, our neck bent forward and our chest concave. Heart openers are designed to create space in the chest and front shoulders. But heart opening postures have the spiritual ability to go much deeper and profoundly impact our lives
I lived for many years with a closed and protected heart. As a child I was told I was too sensitive because I was so easily hurt. My problems were seen as trite, insignificant and by indulging in them I was accused of being self centered. At a young age I learned the behavior of holding things in my heart. I couldn’t change how I felt but I could control how my feelings were expressed. I learned to keep them inside, to hold them close. Deep in my chest I carried my burdens, ashamed for having them and afraid to express them.
At the age of 41, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having no family history or high risk factors I couldn’t help but wonder if a lifetime of introspection and emotional suppression had weighed heavily enough on my heart to manifest itself as disease. Eighteen months, six surgeries, three infections, and 30 radiation treatments later I was cancer free. Yes, thank you Jesus. However, the treatments left me in a constricted physical state, rounded shoulders, tight chest… a very closed front body heart space.
Amazingly, this altered state was a perfectly orchestrated gift from God. He healed me from cancer and then left me to live in a way that I have no choice but to constantly open my heart from a physical aspect. My friends, it is not possible to teach and practice heart opening postures week after week without looking closely at how we live out our openness off of the mat. This “closed off”, “I’ve got this” way of living was no longer working for me and God allowed my body to point directly to the deeper issue of my heart.
Jesus cares. He came to heal our wounds. He came to bind up our broken hearts. No sorrow is too great or too small for Him to heal. He does not trivialize our issues nor does He condemn us for our expressions. He cares. He does not only want to comfort us, He longs to transform us. But, He calls us into action. We simply must open our hearts to him. In Revelation 3:20 He invites us in. He calls us friends and offers us intimacy. Open your heart, let Him in, allow Him to begin a great work of reconciliation in you.