Have you ever tried to turn someone’s heart?
My cousin Sandy and I did. You see, my Dad played softball during our childhood and all through our teen years. When we were younger we hated going to the games. We sat in lawn chairs for what seemed like hours watching these older men with Dad bod’s run all around the field. When we were 13, things changed and in a big way. My Dad’s softball games became the center of our lives! In fact, we couldn’t wait until the next game. What changed? Well, one thing…Dave Conway the new left fielder! He was 18 and Sandy and I were madly in love with him. The two of us had somehow, escaped Dave’s attention, even though we were the only fans sitting way out in left field. This small inconvenience did not sway us because we knew that once he realized we actually existed, we would have his heart in our hands and we could turn it any way we wanted!
This led to a three-step plan. First, we took our most attractive photos, for him to admire and put them in strategic although quite awkward, places all over my house (like the front door and patio table). Second, we wrote love letters to ourselves, penned from pretend boyfriends and left them open on our coffee table for him to read, so he would know that we were dating material. Third, we wrote poems about older boys falling in love with younger girls and left them on the windshield of his car, to eliminate any concerns he might have about our age difference.
We were very skilled in the art of subliminal messaging. By manipulating thing’s in just such a way one of us was surely going to end up becoming his girlfriend. He, of course, had no control and would end to our will. We had his heart in our hands and we could turn it any way we wanted with enough plotting.
This does not have a happy ending. My mother was not bothered by our actions because she had seen us act like this before. On the other hand, when my father figured out what we were doing, he was not so happy. You see 13-year-old girls receiving letters from boys declaring their undying love and intentions of marriage DO NOT make a father happy. When he learned that we were the actual authors, punishing me or having me committed both ran through his mind. Our relationship with Dave was over and his heart would have to be turned by some other female.
Who Can Turn A Heart?
Sandy and I were just arrogant and ignorant enough to think that we could turn Dave’s heart (I would add delusional to that statement too). Who really has the ability to turn hearts? The GREAT I AM that created us is THE ONE that turns hearts.
Proverbs 21:1 says; The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.
In fact, human beings might convince someone to do or believe something even for long periods of time but we do not have the ability to actually change a person’s heart. Any success that comes from conniving and convincing a person will be short-lived. The Great I AM is the only one who can and does change hearts on a permanent basis.
That goes for our leaders and our king’s heart too! If you don’t like what someone is doing or a group of someones is doing, all the facebook posts, memes and hypocrisy accusations won’t change a thing. They are as useless as fake marriage proposals and strategically placed photos. These types of statements impact your testimony as a Christian. After all, why would I want to follow your God if you have so much contempt in your heart? It’s ok to not like your king and your leaders, but please let’s honor God, the One who sets up kings to serve His purpose (good or bad) with our words. (Daniel 2:21, He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.)
Don’t believe me? Did you know that; “He turned the heart of Pharaoh to Joseph; of Saul to David; of Nebuchadnezzar to Jeremiah; of Darius to Daniel; of Cyrus, and afterwards of Alexander the Great, to the Jews (John Trapp).”
We have no ability to change a person’s heart, period! Our influence comes from petitioning God in prayer to change a person’s heart. This includes our king’s and leaders, our friends and family, a Christian Hunter named Saul, and even a very arrogant and ignorant 13-year-old girl!