As I sat down to meditate on Jesus and see what He might say to me, I saw in my mind a beautiful pink and white blossomed tree. Quickly I realized it was not a single tree, but an entire orchard in bloom. This sight filled me with joy and desire. Here is what I sensed Him saying to my heart.
This is the grove (orchard) of your heart when I am in it. Desire, life, springtime, harvest, fall and yes even winter — the time of rest. But never drought — never the blighted, disseased heart you came with. That heart, wicked and deceitful, is no more, and a new heart filled and always being filled with My life has taken its place. This heart is My throne. This heart is the one out of which flows life. This heart has the springs of living water and the fruit of the Spirit and the fragrance of the spice gardens. It is into this heart, this garden, that the Shulamite maiden calls her bridegroom. This heart is for Me, and it is here that I find delight and rejoicing in My beloved one.
The heart is the center of your very being, and it was corrupted, polluted, laid waste, and even defiled by the footsteps of the enemy. How could I bear it? How could I endure what things he did to this sacred home, this garden of My beloved? How could I leave it blighted and blasted and desolate and unclean? Aching, raw, screaming with uncomprehending pain? Plotting wickedness, caring not for the things of God; caring only for its own aggrandizement. Even the “good” of such a heart is nothing but selfishness and wickedness continually. In such a heart I cannot dwell.
You don’t know; can’t know; the unutterable relief I felt on seeing the pollution of that foul, stinking heart destroyed utterly. Yes, you still have the flesh (your unruly body) and a mind accustomed to its own way, but the heart is now Mine once more. From there — from the precious tender root out of a dry ground — I will restore My garden. I will fill it with pleasant things and fill it with luscious fruit, which brings healing to the body and soul and renewal and refreshment to the mind. This is the meaning and the centrality of the heart.