HeartsToday’s Word: ‘Heart’ as in… God is as near as near as the next beat of the heart.

Find a hand-sized rock and a dry sponge (If you can’t find a sponge, a dry wash cloth will work). Set each one in front of you and study them.

Are they smooth? Jagged? Rough? Soft? Hard? Pretty? Ugly?

Squeeze the rock as hard as you can. What happens to the rock?

Now squeeze the dry sponge. Squeeze! C’mon, squeeze it! What happens?

Now pour a cup full of water all over the rock and watch where the water goes. What would happen to the sponge if you poured a cup of water on it? Think about the last time you used a sponge. What were you doing? Were you washing? Playing? Cleaning? Working?

Let’s look at Ezekiel 36:24-28

“For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!”

God fills our hearts with love. God pours all kinds of love and blessing into our lives. Do you ever feel like your heart is a rock and no matter what, God’s love seems to run off?

When you feel like your heart is rock-hard, guess what? God makes a new heart! God makes a heart that can soak up all kinds of love! God takes our hearts of rock and makes a sponge-heart and pours all kinds of love into us until we overflow!

God is as near as near as the next beat of the heart.

(adapted from my writing in “God Is Near: 30 Extraordinary Encounters.” ©2001, Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, Colorado)Fruit - God Is Near


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