Zechariah 7:12a – Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets. (KJV)
During the month of May, a friend helped me change the size and shape of a flowerbed. Part of the bed's original beauty was a rock garden. Each time we removed a rock embedded in the soil, another rock seemed to come to the surface. We hadn't worked long before my friend and I discovered that moving those rocks was going to be the most difficult aspect of creating a new and beautiful place.
As we worked, "He still moves stones" kept repeating in my mind. It is a statement which appears often in Max Lucado's Grace for the Moment devotional book. Suddenly, it came to me that sin is just like those stones. It's embedded in the fibre of our lives, adamant and extremely difficult to remove, no matter how hard we labour to create a new and beautiful place.
Building a Christian life seems to me to be a lot like building a flower garden. First we need to remove the stones. Then we can plant the seeds, and the flowers will have room to grow. It is so much easier to build a garden with the help of a friend. When we trust Jesus Christ as our friend, to help us build our life, we find that "He still moves stones."
Prayer: Father, we are truly grateful when we have friends who are willing to help us with the most difficult of projects, and we thank You for the blessing of friendship. When we have Your Son, Jesus the Christ, as our friend, together we can remove the stones, and create a new and beautiful place in our lives as we worship You. In His name we pray. Amen.