The Spiderwick Chronicles

“Don’t be fooled by what you think you see.”When Momma picked this particular movie for a family movie night, I didn’t expect to write about it. But when Thimbletack warned Jared not to be fooled by what he thought he saw, I instantly applied it to my life. Of course, ogres and goblins and fairies aren’t what I thought of, even though that is what Thimbletack was implying. Instead, I thought of all the girls at school who gossip and tease and act in every immoral and filthy way, yet seem to get ahead and take what should be mine, just by flashing a fake smile enhanced by years of Crest Whitening Strips and batting glued on eyelashes at the teachers. I thought of liars getting rewards, cheaters winning, and masqueraders being perceived as real and truthful. I thought I saw injustice. But then, like so many defining moments in my life, I opened my Bible and heard from Heaven. I read about King David, and I read some of his most intimate thoughts. And David, that man after the very heart of God, was thinking exactly the same thing I was. His heart became bitter. King David! I don’t know how many times Daddy has sat he down and corrected my actions, and just about every time, it all comes back to my heart. I had a selfish heart when. . . . I had a bitter heart when. . . I had a deceitful heart when. . . We are told time and time again in scripture how important the heart is.

Proverbs 4:23 – “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”
Proverbs 14:30 – “A heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones.”
Proverbs 15 :13 – “A happy heart makes the face cheerful.”
Proverbs 17:22 – “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

The heart is so desperately important in the life of a Christian. When the Jewish leaders were talking about defiled food, Christ rebuked them by saying”It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you, but what comes out of it.” And what comes out of your mouth, comes straight from your heart.

In the words of Jesus,
Matthew 15:19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.
Luke 6:45 For out of the Heart, the mouth speaks
Matthew 12:34a For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

So when my Dad corrects me for snapping at Ethan when he accidently hits me in the head with his whiffle ball or when I bark at Al for bouncing the lacrosse ball when I have a headache, he has good reason to bring my heart into the discussion. Because that’s where all my actions spring from. The Bible says that the heart is the wellspring of life. When I act short with my family, it is showing the condition of my heart.

When Thimbletack warned Jared not to be fooled by what he thought he saw, he was saying the opposite of what the world tells you . . . follow your heart. That is the dumbest cliche ever. And that’s not my opinion . . . thats God’s. I just happen to agree with him.

Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?

But King David wasn’t fooled by what he thought he saw. And with the help of God, and by his power alone, me and my heart won’t be either.

Psalm 73 (New International Version)
A psalm of Asaph.
1 Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.

2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
when you arise, Lord,
you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.

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