My coffee pot stopped working yesterday.
Not a good way to start the day.
Living in Texas all these years should have been enough to remind me why – hard water. It had clogged the pot – the hardness of the water filtering through it had, over time, rendered it ineffective.
I got out the vinegar ran it through. After a few times, it worked perfectly again.
My morning could go onward.
But I couldn’t help but think of our lives, our own hearts.
I thought of the times I had distanced myself to “protect” my heart, though it had not only caused separation, but had caused it to harden. I thought of the areas of struggle – sin – in my life, which, when not confessed, over time had caused dullness – hardness – towards God’s Spirit. I remembered the times of pain which caused me to question God. Had it drawn me closer or hardened me? Had I bought into the lie of the world that the tough, independent spirit will get you through anything life? Or was I drawn to the hope found in God’s truth? Was my heart softened towards Him?
Has your heart become “hardened” through the tough things of life? Have you put up the tough exterior just to get through the pain of your circumstance? Are you able to hear God’s voice in your day to day? Or has the hardness dulled your spirit? Rendered you ineffective?
There’s HOPE found here, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26