i am taking part in a small group through our church and we are reading and commenting on a book, "Waking the Dead", John Eldredge.
The book's central theme is about the onslaught of life trying to take control of and eventually snuff out your heart, so you become this blinded non-feeling one-celled blob of body and mind absorbed into the vast expanse of nothingness. So you become someone who doesn't question anything anymore.
He uses many quotes and antidotes from films, such as the Matrix. Like the photo above. Not everything is as it seems, there is something else going on here. Remember, Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz. For you sci-fi buffs, Dune, Total Recall, The Thirteenth Floor and so on.
We are at war, and that war is for the protection of your heart.
Most of us go through life never really giving much thought to the strange things that may happen to us. We simply agree that, "well that's the way things go, or oh well, could have been worse".
The author brings about a convincing argument. The subtleties of life that sneak up on us and "WHAM!"
This is written of course from a Christian perspective and if you know anything about your Bible, you would soon see the significance.
But even those who are not taken to serious Christian lifestyle would have to admit, there is something worth investigating here.
i remember reading the Screwtape Letters when i was a young man and being fascinated by C.S. Lewis's imagination and mind stirring impact it had.
If you are a student of the Bible at all, you will soon discover that the heart is talked about throughout, from cover to cover. God has a strong vested interest in our hearts. Where they have been, what has happened to them, what is filling them, what they dwell on, where their attention is focused. Do they need refreshing, healing or even made anew?
"For where your treasure is that's where your heart is also." Mt.6:21 (emphasis mine)
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" God, Jer. 29:13 (emphasis mine)