The water here in Lake Havasu at our RV park is quite hard. No, it won’t break things, and it doesn’t sound like gravel if you pitch a glassful out the door. Rather, its hardness is revealed by spotted glasses and windows, shampoo that refuses to lather in the shower, and reluctant bars of soap.
There are solutions to this problem, and one is a commercial water softener designed especially for motorhomes. Jerry and Mike finished connecting one to our rig yesterday, and when I showered last evening, and as I washed dishes this morning, the water felt slick, suds bounded up and the drinking glasses are sparkling bright.
This transformation from hard to soft applies also to the human heart. No, not that physical heart that rhymically thumps in our chests, but the invisible spiritual heart each of us have. The prophet Isaiah likened this change to the refining of silver, a process that purifies, making it sterling and valuable. Chapter 48 verse 10: “Behold, I have refined thee…”
And in the New Testament: l Peter 1:6-7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”
Sometimes when I find myself feeling a little hard around the edges and thinking I need to be more tender toward God and toward mankind, I ask God to run me through a softening cycle. Purify me, God, remove anything that shouldn’t be in my heart, cleanse me, soften me. And He is faithful to answer my prayer…sometimes its a bit painful and I cry ouch or try to move myself from the softening process, but in the long run, that is where I want to be. Soft and tender before God.
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