Did you know that there is a dimension to our heart?
I was reading my devotional this morning, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and she taught me something that I have never thought about before. Here’s what she wrote in the point of view of Jesus:
“There are actually more than four dimensions in this world where you live. In addition to the three dimensions of space and the one of time, there is the dimension of openness to My Presence. This dimension transcends the others, giving you glimpses of heaven while you still reside on earth. This was part of My original design for mankind. Adam and Eve used to walk with Me in the garden, before heir expulsion from Eden. I want you to walk with Me in the garden of your heart, where I have taken up permanent residence.”
Don’t worry if this seems to whoosh past over your head because I had to really think about it myself, too. But think about it this way…
The dimensions of space–length (or height), width, and depth–are the ways in which we relate to tangible objects (anything that is composed of matter and can touch). Example of dimensions of space: A sheet of paper is 8.5″ wide and 11″ long. I can tell you that, and you can envision exactly in your head what that looks like. In other words, we related using the dimensions of space.
But the dimension of the heart… This is different because it is the way in which we respond to everything that isn’t tangible. To respond to something with the dimension of the heart requires faith that it even exists. Whenever someone tells you that they are angry or sad, you can relate because you believe the emotion exists even though you can’t see the actual emotion that makes someone smile or frown.
You don’t see God but you have faith that He is there. Even if you say, “God, I don’t believe in you anymore,” you still had to believe that He was there to here what you said. Even if you claim to not believe, you are still stating your relation to Him.
This is what Sarah is referring to when she says the “dimension of openness to His presence.” She’s talking about the way that you can relate to God’s presence through faith. The larger your faith, the larger your receptivity will be to God’s presence.
If you are having a hard time becoming aware of the presence of God, try looking at the size of your faith. Ask yourself the question, “What makes my believing in the existence of happiness different than the existence of God’s presence in my life?”
Today, use the dimension of your heart.