Wandering Heart

I was listening to Come, Thou Fount a few days ago and was struck by the third verse:

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;  
here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above. 

What could be a better description and acknowledgement of the human condition? I do feel myself prone to wandering, prone to distraction, prone to leaving or distancing myself from the gospel despite the fact that I have found such peace and hope there. 
And why is that? We read that the natural man is an enemy to God – so is that resistance just built into us? Something in us wants to separate and put distance between us and the Lord? Or something in us is just irresistibly drawn to things that are inherently distancing? 
I’m not sure which is more accurate but I feel that pull. So I love the idea of being able to give the Lord my heart in the moments where I’m not wandering, and love the thought of being sealed in that act somehow. 

Let thy goodness, like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee. 


4 thoughts on “Wandering Heart

  1. Such wonder insight. I don’t look forward to saying goodbye at the MTC, but I can’t wait to learn from your letters during the next 18 months! You are going to bless lives in Ohio and here at home with your intellect, wisdom, and your ability to communicate. I’m very grateful for what you are doing. Love you. Dad


  2. You always- always!- make me think. Thank you somuchfor the positive influence you are in my life. Keep doing what you do. You’re so good at it!


  3. Ah, I love it. Prone to wander. Don’t you think that’s just part of the human experience? It seems that even Jesus felt those tugs, just like us:

    15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Heb 4:15)


  4. Jen: David’s letter this week spells out his struggles on a somewhat similar theme. Seems to be a part of our life’s challenge.
    I believe that Mosiah 3:19 is one of the more provocative coundsel in the Book of Mormon. It must be read in its entirely to make full sense. It all started with Adam and is still with us. But with the “Holy Spirit” and the “atonement” we can confront the natural man. Mosiah concludes that of critical importance is our becoming as “little children. But he dossn’t leave it jus there. He tells us specifically what becoming as a little child really means. Wonderful words!
    Thanks for your thought. GP


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