Wandering Heart

"Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let that goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above"

Have you ever considered what your heart is tethered to? Maybe it's the pursuit of something-  money, happiness, fame, success, recognition, acceptance, love, or money. Maybe it's a person - your mom & dad, your siblings, your spouse, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your ex boyfriend/girlfriend, your best friend. Maybe it's a possession- your car, house, or pet. Or maybe it's a bit more obscure, like your past or your future. 

I've had my heart tethered to all kinds of crap. I'm in the process of severing those ties and making better choices - choices that glorify God. 

In church we're talking about making a lasting impact. As a result, I've begun to ask myself what I'll leave behind. What and who am I impacting, and in what way? What mark do I want to leave? What do I want to invest my time, energy and hope in? I think I may have embraced a lie in there somewhere, that you've got to have a well established savings account and probably a mortgage before you consider your legacy - but we impact people every second of every day, and we have the power to nurture our legacy from day 1. 

NIV - "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."
NLT - "Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity."
ESV - "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12



Anyway, the inspiration for this image actually came from a Flyleaf song called Marionette. I got the idea a while ago but didn't have the resources to execute it in my apartment, so it sat in the idea bin waiting for the right time. As usual, through my messy process, (read more here: http://www.rachelwilliamsdesigns.com/blog/messy)  the meaning behind the image developed as I created it. I was listening to Come Thou Fount (for the millionth time) and I heard the lyrics in a way I hadn't before - resulting in a couple tears. At the time I was stuck on this image, but after considering that song in a new light and considering phase of life I'm in right now (as opposed to where I was when I was originally inspired), the image gained dimension and a new purpose and I was able to bring it all together in a way I was happy with!