Chisel, scrape, push, scrape—a never ending task in our northern winters. Sometimes the ice slides off like butter, other times it takes time and lots of muscle and effort to clear the car windows. At such times, I remember with fondness our former garage. How is it at your house or workplace?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Since I don’t have a garage, I’m forced to clear my windshield every time it snows. Sometimes it takes ten minutes or longer and when I don’t plan ahead, I find myself late for church, meetings or other appointments. Grr, I tell myself, forgetting to thank God for the moisture, the chance to exercise my muscles and the blessing of breathing cold and pure air. Forgetting that if I leave well enough alone, the sun will eventually thaw the ice.
Sometimes I feel ice building up around my heart, too. I mutter to myself because someone wasn’t polite to me or didn’t invite me to lunch or ignored me when I expected a certain response. My negative thoughts build up a new layer of ice until I grow frustrated at myself and try to do some scraping. The harder I scrape, the thicker it grows until I give up and beg God to help me thaw.
Nothing helps thawing an icy heart more than the light and heat of God’s Word. This New Year as I begin to rememorize Bible verses, I find that when I’m at my grumpiest or most frustrated moment, a verse will pop into my head and, voila, the ice will melt and my joy and sense of peace will return. I shouldn’t be surprised when it happens. The Bible says, after all, that “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
God’s Word can melt our icy hearts faster and better than all the chiseling and scraping we try on our own. And when we add prayer to the solution, it will assure us of victory over icy sin. God’s Word tells us over and over to ask what we need and He will supply. If we need the cold shards of ice removed from our hearts, He promises to oblige. The good news is that in His doing we will thrive in all ways: body, soul and spirit.
Lord, thank You for thawing our icy hearts with the love and truth of Your Word. Forgive us for the times we step away from Your presence, allowing ourselves to fall into the cold trap of wrong thinking, wrong attitudes and wrong actions. Keep our hearts open to Your willingness to forgive so we can become reflections of Your perfect love and salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.