A Parable - When Heart speaks to Heart#

Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to this disciple, that he should ask who it was that Jesus spoke. He then lying on Jesus’ breast said unto him, Lord, who is it? (John 13:23-25)

A story is told of a young Jewish boy named Mordecai who had been dedicated to the Lord by his parents.

Mordecai grew in age and wisdom and grace, but was rambunctious.

He loved the world, gulping down the days and dreaming through the nights. His parents sat him down and told him how important the Word of God was. But when it came time for him to go to the synagogue and learn the Word of God he would not leave the lakes he loved to swim in, and the trees he loved to climb. Nothing could persuade him.

But one day the Great Rabbi visited the village and asked to be left alone with the boy. To leave their son alone with this lion of a man stupefied his parents, but they left him. He then picked up the boy and held him silently to his heart.

The next day Mordecai began attending the synagogue before going to the woods, and lakes and trees. And the Word of God became one with Mordecai.

Mordecai grew up to become a great man who helped many people. And when they came to him He said:

I first learned the Word of God when the Great Rabbi held me silently against His heart. Heart spoke to heart#.

Jesus speaks softly and gently, draw near to hear Him. To this day there remains no greater schoolroom than being close to Jesus. 

Today's Soul Snippet:

"Prayer is the highest use to which speech can be put." ~ P.T. Forsyth

#Brennan Manning, The Rabbi's Heartbeat (Colorado Springs, Navpress 2003) pages 94-95

##ENJOY too ~ A Parable for a Soft Heart