After a busy day I went to bed exhausted. I couldn’t sleep, however, because so many things were racing through my mind. The more I tried to doze off, the harder it became. The last thing I remember, as my head lay on the pillow, was hearing my heart beat steadily. In the morning, I was reminded of a saying from a monk of Patmos, ‘Those who lean on Jesus’ breast hear God’s heartbeat.’
According to tradition, St. John was the disciple Jesus loved and was exiled on the Isle of Patmos, where he eventually died. In John’s Gospel, we read that he reclined against Jesus at the Last Supper (13:23f). Hence the monk’s words, ‘Those who lean on Jesus’ breast hear God’s heartbeat’.
I’m often worried and upset about many things, and forget that to keep close to Jesus is all that is needed. (Luke 10:38f)
Maybe today, despite life’s pressures, I should lean closer to Jesus and let the reality of God’s ever-present love soothe my soul with peace. A weary servant can then be revived and use the words of the songwriter, Graham Kendrick, as a prayer: ‘Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart’.
Almighty God, help us to keep close to Jesus,
especially through our prayer and devotions.
May we lean upon our Lord and listen.
Help us to hear His heartbeat
and live confidently knowing that He is our Living Saviour.
Guide us that we may live in ways that are in harmony with your Holy Spirit
and NOT dance to the world’s tune.
Rather, release us to discover your holy rhythm of life.
Then, as we let the Lord of the dance lead us,
may our steps take us through the difficult places
to the place of your glory, peace and eternal joy.
We ask this in the name of our companion and Lord. Amen.
Copyright Rev. Anthony D. Miles March 2006