Monday, December 23, 2019
by Daniel Smittkamp
“A new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” ~ Ezekiel 36:26
Several years ago, I was in a bad place. Things in my life were not going as I had expected, and I was upset all the time. No matter how many good things were happening around me, I was just unable to be happy. One day my daughter and I were out doing one of our favorite things… hunting rocks. At the time, walking in the creek and looking for rocks was one of the only things I could still enjoy. We spent hours looking for “cool rocks” and sifting through mud and sand hunting for “Indian beads”. Then, one rock especially caught our eyes, and changed my outlook on life forever. It was a stone in the shape of a heart. A heart-shaped rock! We both thought it was the coolest thing ever! How awesome was it to find a heart-shaped rock while doing something we both loved?! We couldn’t wait to get it home and show it to everyone. I remember feeling so happy at that moment. The heart-shaped rock is now under the tree we planted when Mya was born. It might just be “a rock” to some, but it is very special to me, and to my daughter. She makes a point to show it to all her friends when they come to visit.
Since that day, we have begun finding and collecting heart-shaped rocks everywhere we go. We usually don’t even have to hunt for them, they are just there for us to see and pick up. We even found a heart-shaped hickory nut! The more we found, the less I saw them as stones, and the more I saw them as signs. I began to see them as God constantly reminding me that everything was going to be okay. If I just looked around, love was everywhere.
The love that God has for us is infinite and unshakeable. God’s love is right there in front of you all the time. You don’t have to look for it, you just need to take a moment, step back and see it.
So, if you find yourself in a bad place and your heart grows hard and heavy; stop, breathe, pray, and cast your heart of stone into the water. I’ll be looking for it.