Phototropism. That is the scientific phrase to describe how a plant grows to face the direction of the sunlight. I thought of this phrase during church service today after Pastor Kai used an interesting word: tilt. He prayed for us to tilt our hearts towards God that we might be close to the Lord.

This word caught my attention because I am more accustomed to hearing another word used in this context: turn. For example, the lyrics of a hmyn go: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus / Look full in His wonderful face / And the things of earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of His glory and grace.” I was also reading about Moses recently and I saw something which I never saw before. Before Moses could encounter God in the burning bush, he had to turn from his usual route to investigate the phenomenon of the burning bush. If he did not, and if had gone on walking along the same route he had walked for the past 40 years in the wilderness, he would have missed God’s appointment with him.

But I like the word ’tilt’. Sometimes we may not have to turn because all we need to do is to tilt. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing. To just tilt our hearts towards God that we might remember His presence in our lives and to grow towards the direction of the light.


~ by irwin on March 29, 2009.

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