The Tin Man Has a Heart

They say time heals all wounds. I heard something on the radio today that contradicted that old adage. Time doesn’t necessarily heal our wounds. I find time more often dulls the pain, or creates distance from the pain to the present in our minds, but may not heal the wounds as often as we believe.

If you are human, I’m sure you have experienced some heart ache or another. Whether the breath taking pain of a loved one passing on or the shattering wounds of a broken love. The stabbing pain of being jilted or betrayed by someone you trusted. And the more times you are stabbed, the scars form walls around your heart preventing you from trusting or loving again. Sometimes you have been so wounded, you feel your soul itself has died and your heart can’t possibly be allowed to beat again.

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The tin man felt a similar pang in the movie The Wizard of Oz, only his problem was worse than a broken heart. He was made without a heart which meant he couldn’t love or feel jealous or angry or any of the normal emotions we feel. If you’ve ever experienced the pain of a broken heart, you might wish you were the tin man. Imagine, not having to feel the deep aching of a burdened or wounded heart.

I think at times, the enemy wishes we didn’t have a heart either. He tries everything he can to make us believe we are unloved or unwanted. He uses our bitterness or anger to make our hearts cold and unfeeling. He emphasizes our wounds to make us want to close off our hearts to love. He does everything in his power to stop our beating hearts. In that respect he can be likened to Elphaba’s sister, Nessa Rose, in the musical Wicked. When (spoiler alert) Boq, the munchin boy who took Nessa Rose to the dance, finally admits that he never loved her, Nessa grabs Elphaba’s spell book and casts a spell on him that will destroy his heart. Luckily, or unluckily, depending on how you look at it, Elphaba steps in and casts another spell that keeps Boq alive, but turns him into a tin man who has no heart.

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Satan is very jealous of our love for God and will do anything to destroy a heart that beats for Him. But, fortunately for us, our fate is not the same as that of the tin man. We have hearts that beat and can be very alive. While Satan is working to reveal how broken or hollow our hearts are, God is whispering life back into our calloused hearts and longs to heal the brokenness we feel inside.

If you look at the two tin men in these stories, you will see quite a difference in how their stories end. In one, the tin man was made without a heart and finds out in the end that he had one all along. In the other, the tin man had a heart, but had it taken away from him in a jealous rage.

Maybe you feel like the first-hollow and empty inside, longing to feel a prick of anything to make you feel alive. Or, maybe you favor the latter and feel your heart has been ripped mercilessly from your chest, never to beat again. Whichever tin man you feel you are, your heart is never too far gone to receive the love of Christ. In His Word, He promises to bind up the wounds of His children and bring healing to the broken hearted. He alone can make your shattered heart whole. He alone can take the emptiness you feel and replace it with a beating, living heart.

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Give your hurting, wounded scars to the Lord and discover the heart He intended to beat within you.

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