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Ezekiel 11:19-20 – And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (ESV)
With a new baby and a wreck of a house, I have a tendency to be focused on the job to be done: it is easy to do. Consequently, I am task-orientated, with a noticeable sense of satisfaction when a task is done. However, as I get older, slow down a little bit, and gain more in life experience, I have tried, with some limited success, to see the bigger picture: my family's well-being comes first — yes, even before the tasks!
I have an old electric hover mower. A bit like me, it was a little weary. In fact, it was so tired that the motor no longer had enough power to lift and cut properly. When online recently, I noticed that an old broken mower (20 years old or more, but newer than mine) was up for free collection.
So, I eagerly collected this old reject, and once home, I removed the motor. It unscrewed and came out of the housing without a hitch. Then, as I returned to my old thing, I found that the screws were so rusted and worn out by damp that the heads had gone and could not be removed.
What could I do? I would have to perform major surgery on the plastic around the screws to cut around their mountings. It was a once-only chance. Eventually, by God's grace, I successfully managed it, and the replacement one slotted in perfectly.
Now, I have a mower that cuts the grass, not feebly, but with gusto! I rejoiced, only to find, like Jonah and the shading plant at Nineveh, that God was using this to get my attention. Maybe, I needed a new heart — one that is not primarily focussed on Martha-type things and "doing", but on God and people. God is willing to give me, and you, an opportunity to have that new start today!
Prayer: Lord, create in us new hearts, that we may be a kingdom people and gain a sense of kingdom purpose for us today. May we not become indifferent like stone, or get tired in the world, but rather grant us new hearts to sing Your praises, to rise up on wings like eagles once more, because in Jesus, we are Your people and You are our God. Amen.