A common question among non-believers and, yes, even some believers is – what is the meaning of “God laid it upon my heart” or “God burdened me?” Both of these terms mean God is telling you something He wants you to do. A few of my experiences as a patient volunteer for Hospice is that when “God lays it upon my heart” I had better listen and obey without question.
On my way home from visiting a patient, I drove by another patient of mine in an assisted living facility. My plan was to go home, have lunch and come back to visit her after lunch. I drove by the facility thinking “I should stop right now and visit Lisa.”
I was hungry and my husband was expecting me home so I drove on by. But I couldn’t do it! I had to turn around and go back! I really didn’t understand but I knew I had to do it.
When I arrived at Lisa’s tiny apartment, she was still in bed. I rushed to her side and found her crying and desperate. She said her phone wasn’t working and she couldn’t get out of bed. “I don’t feel good,” she cried. I called her Hospice nurse on my cell phone and, fortunately (or God’s plan) she was in the area. When she came she found Lisa’s blood pressure off the charts and immediately called 911. She was taken to the hospital and it took the doctors three days to get her blood pressure back to normal before she was dismissed.
The episode led to her being taken to a nursing home, having to give up her assisted living home, so that she could be under more closely watched care.
When God laid it upon my heart, I obeyed and was blessed.
“Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, it is a sin,” James 4:17 (NIV)