• Gabriel von Wendt

Luke 21:34-36 - Hearts Must Fly

Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man."

A heart drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and anxiety? No matter whether you take this literally or figuratively: no one could describe the pitfall in which the human heart can get trapped better. And no one could do so without knowing the human heart inside out. The disciples spent the better part of three years with Jesus. In such a time span, a person undergoes a variety of stages. Like the storyline of a book which progresses chapter after chapter, the story of a human heart passes through stages of evolution. Living means becoming. Becoming more yourself.


With that said, Jesus must have seen his disciples struggle through all kinds of inner dispositions. A story like theirs--every day with Jesus must have been full of revelations--necessarily followed quite the dramatic storyline. Consequently, their hearts must have undergone a pretty rollercoasteresque evolution. Now and then, the ride will have passed through the sluggish-going stretch of drowsiness. Have we not all endured this morass? But hearts must fly!

Jesus knows the human heart, He knows your heart. With the same patience with which He accompanied and animated His disciples, He approaches you today and encourages you to step out of the swamp onto solid pavement. He reminds you that the heart is meant to fly high and offers to free you from the ties that might bind you to the ground. Whatever these ties are--emotions, distractions, stress, attachments, sins--they are not worth the pain of losing life quality. True quality is what He offers you. Let’s go and fly high.