Who we are is infinitely more than what is seen on the surface. Beyond our appearance, actions or words, is an attitude of the heart.
You can smile at a neighbor but be having a terrible day; you can get a gift for someone but realize your motives are self-serving; you may judge someone based on their appearance, including gender, and realize you don’t know a thing.
Our Hearts are in constant Formation and this isn’t a steady, predictable, or painless process.
The graphic for this blog is Antelope Canyon in Arizona. It’s a beautiful “slot” canyon formed by erosion and flooding and the word “slot” means “lock” in Dutch. Maybe our hearts are like this too, locks to which only a key will open.
“Over time the passageways eroded making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges…” (wiki). Can we surrender to a process of “smoothing” our sometimes cold and stony hearts? If we believe the Hands that desire to undertake this work are the most gentle and loving in the Universe, maybe we would. and if we understand the condition of our heart is not just about us, but that we are all connected, the importance and urgency of the work becomes clearer.
Proverb: The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts. (Proverbs 17:3, Bible)