Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hardened Hearts ...

"And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened." -- Mark 6:51-52
For some years I worked in the field of private security. I observed all kinds of criminal activities and reached the point of absolute cynicism. One afternoon I arrested a young woman who had stolen a winter coat for her small child. For a fleeting moment I almost lost sight of a hurting and desperate mother sitting at my desk. Familiarity and busyness had almost hardened my heart. 
Imagine the disciples walking with Jesus every day, watching him perform miracles again and again. They saw such wonderful works of God and yet they missed the point and didn't understand. How could this be, you might ask? How could anyone participate in feeding five thousand people with five loaves and two fish, having twelve baskets of food left over, and be oblivious to the miracle? Familiarity and busyness can harden the heart.
God is doing tremendous things in your life right now my friend. He's performing miracles moment by moment and if you're not careful, you're going to miss it. Stop and look at the flowers bloom today. Slow down and feel the breeze across your face. Watch the grass sprout up with new color and fresh life. Step back and watch the Spirit of God mold your life into the likeness of Jesus. Don't be so familiar and busy that you harden your heart.

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