“What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow.” – James Stephens
The heart is just as good a thinker as the brain, but its voice isn’t as loud. So we find ourselves in situations where we say things like, “I KNEW that was going to happen.” Actually it was our Heart that knew, and it tried to tell us but our brain was louder so we couldn’t hear it clearly.
One thing that the heart is continually trying to communicate is how we are always being taken care of. The heart knows that no matter what you’re doing at any given time of the day someone, somewhere, is at work on something that is going to make you happy very soon. Love is being created for you in small conversations between friends you’ve never met. Meaningful experiences are in the early stages of development so that when you finally meet them, you’re mind says “This is exactly what I need now,” and your heart says “I knew it was coming all along.” This is going on at every second of the day, regardless of your activity or contribution. So while you are groggily rolling out of bed, a dutiful coffeeshop employee is brewing up the tea that you’ll be ordering in a little while. You hear the street sweepers outside of your window as your brush your teeth, saving you from having to clear the debris yourself and allowing you to notice the beautiful day you’ve stumbled upon. While you drive to work, someone is emailing you a reminder about the meeting you forgot about at noon. As you eat lunch, someone is praying for peace in the world. As you work, there’s an honest citizen getting a speeding ticket, reminding them to be safe and keeping them from possibly crashing into you later on that day. When you sit on your couch, reading your books that someone lost hours of sleep to write (while you slept as they wrote it), there’s a trucker driving cross-country so you can enjoy the breakfast sandwich you crave once a week.
These are some of the things that the heart is always trying to tell us. That everything IS ok. We don’t have to do anything more than live with purpose and the rest will be worked out by the countless others who are living their purpose. There’s more than enough.
This is what I think of when I recall Matthew 6:25-27
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Of course Jesus would say these things. He spoke from the Heart and not from the mind. His Love was louder than his thoughts. This is not something you can comprehend in the head because the head is never convinced without proof. Your mind cannot understand what has not happened or is not happening. The mind will tell you, “yes I have eaten and have clothes enough for today, but tomorrow the bill collectors are coming and I only have enough money for my debts. The air will be colder soon and I only have clothing for warm temperatures. I must make moves, I must be active, and I must worry.”
But the Heart is timeless. The same heart that spoke through Jesus is still speaking to the rest of humanity. Nothing has changed. When you turn down the volume on your thoughts, you can hear your Heart softly saying:
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
This is your heart speaking. This is what love sounds like. All is well. Everything is beautiful.