While seeking a good picture to emphasize this “verse of the day” I immediately chose this stone wall with the square “window.” Why?
Windows let in light. My intention is to meditate on this verse, and visual, to see why God led me to it. He says He will “remove our heart of stone,” and “give us a heart of flesh.”
I think God wants to tear down that stone wall (heart) and reveal the real Life it is “protecting.” (We all set up walls to “protect” ourselves, our privacy, our hurt feelings etc.)
He wants to let His Light shine into the whole place, not just through a tiny (dark, by the way) window in our heart. He wants to make us vulnerable, soft, open and malleable. He wants to change us from the inside out!
Thank You for loving us enough to form us, on the inside, into Your image. Sometimes a rock pick is all that is necessary to break through our wall, and sometimes a wrecking ball. But, in prayer, on behalf of us all I am asking You to remove our wall of stones in whatever way You deem necessary.
In my own life I have been “Gracefully Broken,” as the song says. But seeing as how there are shards still remaining... I surrender to whatever means You desire to remove all the stone of my heart and make me the person “You Say” I am.
Thank You God Jesus. Your heart and soul and body were likened unto a “Temple” of amazing stones that were able to be rebuilt and inhabited by Your Holy Spirit in only three days! *
Rebuild our hearts, beginning today. We welcome the Light of Life.
“They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”
John 2:20 NIV
“Gracefully Broken” - Tasha Cobbs Leonard
“You Say” - Lauren Daigle
In the book of the yesterdays of our lives there have been questions and concerns, uncertainties, fears, sadness, and even grief. There is also jubilation recorded there because “its all over” and it “went well,” our concerns were “unfounded,” courage has “conquered fear,” and sadness and grief have been comforted. Thank You God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit for Your very real answers to the desperate hopes and prayers of our lives. We trust You so much. The history book of our trust in Your faithfulness is growing longer, thicker, wider and higher.
This is the season of Lent, leading to Jesus’s denial, suffering, death and the joy of His resurrection; conquering death once for all who believe. Talk about concern! Jesus’s body shed drops of blood even before His beatings, as He prayed in Gethsemane. And despair!
Despair was registered in the simple drawing above and the carving below found outside the famous, unfinished Gaudi Basilica in Barcelona. And joy! The end (or is it the beginning?) of the Story of stories is joy, jubilation!
I’m thinking that each day on our little planet in our tiny worlds we face small vignettes of this powerful scene, imploring us to look to the happy ending, the Source of joy, jubilation, and the Truth. (Yes, Pontius Pilate, Truth is the Man who carried our cross.) Thank You Holy Trinity for caring for each one of us so much Jesus died to prove Your love. We stand in awe of You, with deep gratitude. Amen.
Kathy Valleau came to faith in her late 30’s. In 2009 she and her husband Bob formed Boathouse Ministries and bought the church now called “The Chapel On The Pond.”