Well, I have finally included a picture in a blog post. What is the world coming to? :) I'm not sure how to make it bigger or to move it around, and I'm surely not going to try to figure it out now because I have other important things to do like watch my Missouri Tigers tonight try to compete with Kansas Jayhawks in basketball. The game is 3 hours from now. :D
There is a reason I included this picture other than to write about how I am trying to get more up to speed with the workings of my blog template. This view is a view from my front porch this afternoon. It is currently 15.6 degrees outside (like the decimal point?) and the white on the ground you see is a hardened mixture of sleet, snow and ice pellets accumulated over the past few days. As I looked out my window at the sight, I started thinking about the appearance of the ground cover versus the feel of it. It looks like soft fluffy snow, but upon closer examination it is quite different. Appearances are deceiving aren't they? The only thing that will change the hard icy mix into a softer version of the same would be the warmth of the sun's rays either through direct sunlight or through the general warming of the earth caused by the sun's warm rays somewhere else.
I think that the condition of our hearts is no different. We can pretend that things are okay and we can have the outward appearance that things are fine when in reality our hearts are hardened like ice on a cold day. Only the warmth of the Son - Jesus - directly through prayer and reading of God's Word or indirectly through others acting as Jesus in our lives, can soften them.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12 NIV
We can hide the truth from our family, our friends and even ourselves, but we can't hide ourselves from God. However, we can keep Him from having access to our hearts in any number of ways. We can stay busy. We can shut Him out. We can even just say "No" in ways that we don't realize. God will do the work if we just get with Him and cooperate. What are waiting for? I'm ready to do some thawing out!
Thoughts to "chill" on:
- What you really escaping from?
- Why do you really do the things you do?
- What keeps you from allowing God's word to get inside you and work its magic in you, softening you up to be who He intended you to be?