originally written in 2009 for ASHM

One of my favorite toys when I was little was the one where you picked up a plastic shape, matched it to the shape on the board, and pushed the plastic shape into the correct matching shaped hole on the board. I use to get so excited when the shape I had in my hand actually fit where I placed it. I felt satisfied.

Did you know that our hearts have shapes in them as well?

The Mathematician, Pascal wrote in Pensees:

What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.

Inside each of our hearts there is a God-shaped hole that only God Himself can fill. Only God fits in that hole. I think of that hole as part of our spiritual DNA that drives humans to seek God. As we journey through life a majority of us are seeking something/someone to fill that hole in our heart and make us whole. Speaking from experience I can tell you that no matter how hard you try to fill that hole with other things it just isn’t going to work. That intense craving, in the hole in our heart, can only be satisfied by God.

One time while praying for someone I saw the person’s heart with the shape of the Cross in it. There were a variety of other shapes shoved haphazardly into that Cross. The corners and edges of the shapes stuck out at odd angles causing pain and discomfort to the person’s heart. The shapes represented all the “lies” that the person had believed would satisfy their aching heart.

One shape represented an addiction. Another shape represented a mentor that had spiritually abused the person. Other shapes represented things such as overachieving, their job, money, their significant other, etc. The person had shoved so many other shapes in their heart that they hadn’t left any room for the One who could truly fill that hole, Jesus Christ Himself.

Most of us will admit that at one time or another in our lives we have willingly shoved the wrong shape into that hole in our hearts. The good news is that the things we shoved in there can be removed! When we ask Jesus to set us free, He will come to help us remove those shapes that we have haphazardly shoved into that hole.

Through inner healing we can forgive, be forgiven, and set free. Once Jesus has helped you remove those “lies” He will delight in filling that hole in your heart completely! It is His greatest desire to dwell within you and you in Him. (John 15) It is when He dwells within us that we are made whole.

My favorite line from a movie comes from Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise says to Renee Zellweger, “You complete me.”  I need to stop shoving other things/people into my heart and open my heart to Jesus saying, “You complete me.” He is waiting for me, and for you, to invite Him to fill that God-shaped hole in our hearts.

Until next time blessings and healing

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