• Katelyn Dodge • August 4, 2020
For those of you who know me well (or probably even just peripherally), you know that I love Disney. In those precious moments where I have some alone time (which has been few and far between during this season of physical distancing and having an 8 year old at home full-time), I am likely to be watching a princess movie. More often than not it’s “Pocahontas.” I love the movie so much we have a dog named after her mischievous raccoon sidekick, Meeko. One of my favorite characters in “Pocahontas” is Grandmother Willow, the wise willow tree that gives Pocahontas advice. As Pocahontas is trying to figure out what direction she should take in her life, Grandmother Willow sings “listen with your heart, you will understand.”
I feel like we could all benefit from this advice from Grandmother Willow. When you have Jesus in your heart, He is helping to guide you and encourage you. All you have to do is listen. It is important to understand that listening with your heart does not mean listening to your feelings. Our feelings are not rational and sometimes they’re not even based in reality. Your feelings will lie to you. Too often we get caught up in the heat of the moment and let our emotions guide us. It is our job to get to a place of maturity where we can pause and take inventory of what’s going on with us emotionally and not just react.
“Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
Matthew 22:37-40 MSG
We are commanded to love God and love people. There are no qualifiers listed, no one is excluded. If we are listening to what the Spirit is pouring into us, we are able to walk fully in this command and show love to those around us. I love social media; I love seeing pictures of my friends’ babies and travels, I love being able to connect with people that I don’t get to see regularly in real life. As much as I enjoy social media at times, it can make it more difficult to listen to your heart. It can make it more difficult to love people. Comparison can begin to creep in and cause feelings of jealousy. Divisiveness is rampant in our current climate, creating feelings of bitterness and betrayal. Social media preys on your feelings. We have to be mindful of that. There have been seasons of my life where I have had to remove social media apps from my phone because all of the yuck gets to be too much and overwhelms my heart. If something begins to make you feel like you can’t love people to the fullest, you need to make an adjustment somewhere in your life.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
As we listen to our heart, we need to take inventory of where our treasure lies. Are you listening to the right things? Are you planted in the Word or the world? These are big questions, and they are questions that I have to ask myself constantly. Even when we have our eyes on the prize, there are all sorts of distractions that pop up and draw our attention away. As I’m working on this blog, my husband and son are playing MarioKart and screaming, my cat is trying to lay on the laptop, the dogs are fighting over a favorite toy…there’s a lot happening! The members of my home are absolute treasures in my life, but the crown jewel is my relationship with Jesus. Without Jesus, my other relationships would not be so fulfilling. If I am not putting effort into pushing past the distractions and seeking what Jesus has for me, I am missing out on so much abundance.
Follow your heart. Figure out where your treasure is. Listen to Grandmother Willow, and especially listen to Jesus.