The Embrace


“…a time to embrace…” Ecclesiastes 3:5

The heart is a deceitful and willful organ that only God fully understands.  He alone searches the depth of it and knows it completely.

Because of His great love for us, through grace He embraces our desperately sick hearts and heals them.  The embrace from within reveals our bruises, loosens our tensions, and will either soften our heart to the Maker or harden it—both are the will of God and both demonstrate His power at work in us.

I am blessed when I experience this healing as He removes my heart which becomes hard with frustration, pride, anger, or cynicism.  He throws it against the door of my closed my mind, making both into sand that is washed away by the blood of Christ that fills my new heart.  It is then that I can choose to trust and love as He reveals to me the new creature He is forming.

Through unveiled eyes I see inside my heart where Christ resides and is always molding me.  Embracing and kneading until I am pliable.  Then, with gentle but willful pressure makes me into whomever He pleases—creating in me a clean heart and a renewed spirit that resides in the presence of God, joyfully.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

This clean heart beats wildly not in restless abandon but in hopeful freedom that comes only from a life that is created in Christ for the good work of revealing His glory to the world.  I no longer squint to see people through my narrow lens but can see them through the Savior who brings all He chooses into the same body with the same heart.

I wonder if Jesus, through His passionate and grace-infused love for us sees us walking in harmony with the Spirit, all dancing to the beat of our own gift-filled drum making music in worship to the King.

The embrace.

 


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