Post Holes and Hard Hearts
Many years ago, we decided to put up a chain length fence...ON OUR OWN. If you have lived in Parker County for very long, you know that the ground here is full of rocks and difficult at best to dig. As we began digging one post hole after another it was becoming clear rather quickly that this was not going to be an easy job. We dug as deep as we could, maybe a few inches, but then discovered that the best way to soften the ground was to fill the hole with water and just let it SIT. After a while, we were able to very slowly loosen the deeply embedded rocks and draw them out of the hole. One day as I was down on my knees digging and tugging on the rocks, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart. You see, I had been struggling for quite a few years with bitterness and unforgiveness. I had done a pretty good job of hiding these ugly traits deep within my heart, all the while looking pretty good on the outside, or so I thought. God alone knew of the turmoil going on inside and He knew that I needed to be set free. He showed me that those rocks so deeply imbedded in the hard, dry ground in my backyard were a picture of what was going on in my heart. A simple thing like pouring water in a hole to soften the ground makes it much easier to remove the rocks became an object lesson from God. I realized that if I would allow the Living Water of God’s Word to soak into my hard heart, it would be so much easier for the Holy Spirit to remove those hard places of bitterness, unforgiveness, anger and any other thing that wasn't supposed to be there.
On the last and greatest day of the Feast (of Tabernacles) in John 7, Jesus, stood and said in a loud voice, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.Yes, that means me. Even though I had the Spirit of God within, I had allowed my heart to get hard, dry, and very thirsty. When that happens, it is difficult at best for the Spirit to do the work that needs to be done in our hearts. I am ever so thankful for His gentle, loving reminder to get back in His Word and let Him have His way with me. It began a journey that set me free!
Woman of God, be willing to soak in God’s Word and allow it to work on your heart.
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