Thursday, August 23, 2018
Petrified! We’ve all been there:
- an unexplained sound in the house at night
- the suggestion of a traumatic diagnosis
- a threat delivered by natural or human power
These are just some of the circumstances that come into our lives, causing us to freeze – to be unable to respond.
But there are internal forces too that immobilize us:
- buried anger or pain
- envy and jealousy
- all the seven “deadlies” in their multiple disguises
These conditions of the spirit have their root in fear – fear of making the wrong decision, of engaging someone who angers us, of not being successful or popular, of looking foolish, of confronting pain, of losing the things we have no hold on anyway, of being different, alone, or abandoned.
These immobilizers suck the life out of us, rendering us but a stony outline of the full and glorious spirit God intends us to be. They ensnare us and blind us to the depth and power of our hearts. Faith, hope and charity become brittle in us. We fragment, rather than thrive, in the normal challenges of living.
This happened to Israel as they yielded their allegiance to idols and sin. But our ever-merciful God says he is going to wash these numbing poisons out of their hearts, giving them new hearts to love and serve him.
Sometimes we are so used to our dysfunctions that we don’t even see all the petrified spots in our relationships and behaviors. Maybe today, trusting God’s promise of a new heart, we might be willing to examine ourselves for signs of stoniness toward God, Creation, and Self.
Music: Heart of Stone ~ David Bilborough