Sunday, June 24, 2018

Restore



A flood toppled the statue. The river rose and cut deep and loosened the roots. It had been anchored so securely to ground that can be moved by water. And it fell. Not slowly, but like an avalanche, taking everything it could with it. It broke when it fell, into seven pieces or a thousand. It doesn't matter how many, there was no symbolism in its collapse, just a shake of the ground and regret.

A superhero tried to fix it. All pushing and pulling and mixing of mortar was fruitless. It stayed fallen. It remained shattered. 

The superhero leaned in and tried harder. The statue just stayed broken. The superhero brought in friends and wisdom and books that say things, important things. But none of that lifted the statue. 

So the superhero wept, great tears of exasperation and woe, brought to an end only by the feeling of a still small touch and then another. The statue had moved. It placed a hand, severed and battered, upon the hero's back to straightened it. The hero stood. 

The statue repaired the hero's sandals, cape, even the mask with eye-holes and fire painted on the side. Reaching from the dust and wreckage, the statue moved purposefully, like a mountain being thrown into the sea, bringing life to dead places. The hero was the one being restored. 

Man moves marble and stone. God moves heart and flesh and us.


I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekial 36:26

22 comments:

  1. Well, Man can move marble and stone, up to a certain degree. God can move/remove anything to any degree. As Ezekiel said : God can remove a heart of stone and replace it with one of flesh.

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  2. How many hearts of stone need to be replaced? God may be real busy! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  3. A lovely analogy and lesson for us all. Thank you!!

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  4. Quite a striking analogy.

    In regards to your comment at today's post, yes, the text is Latin (with some older styled lettering). I think the statue in the courtyard is Mary.

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  5. It's harder for hearts. There are 8 billion on earth.

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    1. And the blood of Jesus is sufficient for every one to take advantage of.

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  6. A heart of stone is something I hope I never have.
    Have a lovely week, Sandi!

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  7. Yes, sometimes it seems impossible, but nothing is impossible with God. He can and does change a heart of stone into a heart of flesh!! Praise God, and may the hearts of stone that do not know Him yet be turned to flesh!! Praying this for someone in my family now, this post is encouraging!! Blessings to you Sandi!!

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  8. Não há coração empedernido que não possa se tocado pela mão de Deus. Deus é amor! E amor é vida! Grande abraço. Laerte.

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  9. Hi Sandi, wow, what a great analogy. God certainly does restore us.
    God bless
    Tracy
    (saw you over at Biblical Minimalism)

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  10. That is a great lesson/analogy for all of us... I hope that, with God's help, I never have a heart of STONE.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  11. Oh, I love this, Sandi! What a powerful picture of what God does for us. Beautiful.

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  12. Thank you so much. This is a great post about what God can do. What a wonderful analogy.

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  13. Got any rivers you think are uncrossible?
    Got any mountains you can't tunnel through?
    God specializes in things thought impossible.
    He does the things others cannot do.

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