Racing Hearts and New Starts

Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.

He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”  Isaiah 35:4

A more literal rendering of the Hebrew phrase nimharê lēb (those of a fearful heart) yields, “the ones whose hearts are racing.”  Isaiah is called by God to preach to people whose hearts are racing, Anathea Portier-Young writes.

The more I read about how stressed-out and busy our nation is, the more I wonder about my own racing heart.  Is my often-racing heart even able to notice the ways God is coming, saving, coming, saving, coming and saving again each day?

Of course, a racing heart isn’t always avoidable.  Think of the athletes who cross the finish line at the 5K.  The mother in labor, soon to give birth.  Or the teacher standing up in front of his or her first Sunday School class.

A racing heart might be the first sign that God is near.  Nearer even than our own hearts beating.