Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Holding Temperatures

Because it is cold where I live, hooking my dog to her outside leash requires that I hold the metal clasp on her outside lead in my hand for a minute or so until it warms up enough for me to open. On the really frigid days, it sticks to my skin and hurts a little when I take it out of my hand. When I feel this little click, I know that I will be able to hook up my pooch outside. Each time I do it, though, I am reminded of God's words in Ezekiel.

"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.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws." Ezekiel 36:26-27

As I hold that hook, thawing it in my hand, I am reminded that God holds each of our hearts in His hand, and that like the temperature outside determines how long I have to hold it for, we are each created with a different temperature inside. Some of us just need a touch from God to thaw out completely, becoming malleable in His grip. Others require a longer holding period, but will eventually gain that heart of flesh that contains the Spirit of God. I am reminded that all of us are a work in progress.

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