As a sign of mourning, the children of Israel would tear their garments and place ash on their foreheads. This would be the signal of sadness, depression, the loss of someone, and other unfortunate moments. Once recovered, the ash would be removed and clothing restored.
Nowadays, we tend to function in the same capacity. Your loved ones know when you are going through-there may be tears, perhaps, yelling or maybe even silence. And as humans, emotions are woven into our DNA.
However, perhaps we can learn how to take heed to the exhortation of the Lord:
This word from the Lord tells us that it’s really about the heart of the matter. Yes, we see the tears. Yes, we may have our own version of torn clothes. Perhaps it all may even be warranted, however, what about the heart change? The transformation of the heart is needed as well.
Have you render your heart about this matter? You’ve cried, you’ve vented, and you’ve gotten angry, but have you prayed? Have you surrendered your heart for healing? Have you laid your heart on the altar about the situation?
Rend your heart so that bitterness won’t take root. Rend your heart so that you can be set free. Rend your heart so that you can extend forgiveness to others and to yourself.
The pain and frustration won’t go away with the tears and ash, the heart must be healed for wholeness.
Get to the heart of the matter…
Peace and Blessings