“I’ll cut out your stone heart and replace it with a red-blooded, firm-muscle heart.” Ezekiel 11:19
The heart is often referred to in scripture as a way to show how our lifestyle and emotions affect our spirit. When I’m upset or anxious, my heart feels heavy. If I’ve experienced a shock, or when I realize I’ve done something that hurts someone, it races. When I’m holding a baby or sitting close to someone I love, my heart feels warm–at peace.
When I read the scripture referenced above, it reminded me of when I was a freshman in high school. My father spent a year in a hospital bed in our living room to recover from what was considered a “pulled” muscle in his heart. After a year of not showing any improvement, my father went to a heart specialist at the University of Iowa Hospital. The doctor told him he should not have been confined to bed to treat this ailment. Within a few weeks, with proper medication, and after regaining strength from lying around for a year, he went back to work. The ordeal taught us we aren’t in control of our lives, and to question doctors, as they are humans practicing their skills and are not God.
In Ezekile, we learn that God doesn’t want our hearts to become like stone. If we live a clean life, God will pulverize the stone in our hearts to allow room for the pure red blood of Christ.
Dear Lord, when I become strong-willed and fail to follow your commands, soften my heart. Amen.