Heart in Bloom

Rev. Kristie Selvidge   -  

I am a season loving girl and each season for different reasons. I get so excited in the spring when I begin to see baby blooms on everything. Every year I am amazed at how a tree seems bare one day and covered in green bloom the next (especially after a good rainstorm). I looked down our street the other day and admired all the baby trees in front yard with small flowers blooming. One thing that always stands out is the tree or plant that seems totally dead and then all the sudden it springs to life in lush greens and various other colors.

My heart does some blooming in the spring too. The warm sunshine is so good for my soul and it lifts my spirits to spend some time outside in nature. My body seems to come to life in new ways in the spring. Sometimes our hearts need an infusion of life too! Ezekiel talks about what God wants to do in our hearts that seem dead and hard. “And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart (Ezekiel 11:19).”

Life can cause corners of my heart to become hard and closed off. God is continually desiring to break away the stone and breath life back into the recesses of my heart and soul. I love the phrase responsive heart. It can be easy to say I have a heart for God but as I read that I asked myself a question. Is my heart responsive to God and to others? It is my desire to say yes to that question but I know there are times when that is not true. It is my desire to have a responsive heart to the things God asks of me and to the things he calls me to. It is my desire to have a responsive heart for you, my church family! It is my desire to have a responsive heart for my family and my neighbors too!

As I take in the beauty of God’s creation in the spring, I am opening my heart to allow God to do something new. I would love to have you join me in welcoming a responsive heart in place of stone and stubbornness!