rigidity: when God needs to soften our cold hearts

 

Winter creeps closer and my fingers and toes act like a weather barometer. They blanch to match the snow, with white tips and stiff rigidity, a bit like icicles needing thawing. ⛄❄

They can become frozen by nothing much at all— like the merest drift of cool air, even during summer months—and remain that way until the stinging throb of feeling returns again, with a bluey-red flush of blood.

It’s a bad circulation problem I’ve had since childhood, when chilblains were a literal pain and paved the way for seasons of chilled numbness thereafter. It is known as Reynaud’s disease or syndrome/phenomenon. I’ve got minor, permanent nerve damage in some fingertips due to the changeable blood flow over many years.

Contributory factors include having a mother who smoked throughout the pregnancy and being born prematurely. The good news is my heart stays hot because the core of who we are always gets the best blood supply! 💓😏

Being cold-hearted is not a helpful way to live. 💙 Having coldness or rigidity in our hearts and minds is an unattractive attribute and an indicator that we need supernatural help from God to thaw and warm us up again.

Rigidity

Flake by flake falls, blanketing a world in white, signalling
virginal innocence, and as yet untouched softness blessed
with holy awe, as we watch it fall and marvel at the miracle

Before long, newly cold wintry ground gives up its hold, turning
snow and ice to slush, rendering a hushed wonder into mud
and ridges of rigidity, much like our hearts when left alone

And there’s danger afoot when icy patches remain rock hard
causing many to curse, slip and stumble their way on slippery
soled, treacherous ground where no firm footing can be found

Months can slide by and the ground remains hard, unyielding
and resistant to touch, until a thaw of sorts takes place, sun creeps
higher in the sky of our thoughts and we creep closer to arms of love
©joylenton

 

Heavenly Father,

May you brace us to face each season with equanimity, despite chill winds of adversity blowing. Help us to not stay frozen in our emotions, or chilled within by pain, but have hearts receptive to and softened by your love.

Enable us to avoid cold rigidity in our thinking. May we be grateful for what we already have and open to receiving and welcoming the new and the next you are leading us into.

Most of all, Lord, thaw our attitudes and thoughts where they have become hardened, wearied by waiting. Remind us that during Advent, especially, there is a Holy purpose behind our pain and that new Life and Hope can be birthed in us again.

We give you our grateful thanks and praise as you lead us warmly back into experiencing your love, your wonder, joy and peace anew during the demands of this season.

Thank you. Amen

9 thoughts on “rigidity: when God needs to soften our cold hearts

  1. Dear Joy,
    Oh I am so sorry that you must suffer with those frozen fingers! It reminds me of a saying we have here “cold hands, warm heart!” spoken to me many times when someone has tried to shake my icy hands! 🙂 But I love your prayer, and echo these words along with you: “Help us to not stay frozen in our emotions, or chilled within by pain, but have hearts receptive to and softened by your love.” Oh may I keep those prayer thoughts close throughout this season. Love and Gentle Hugs to you my dear friend! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, that’s a saying we use here too! And you also have icy fingers by the sound of it. Winter can be hard on the hands, can’t it? Mine are very dry as well. I’m so pleased the prayer spoke to you. It came from the depths of my heart, because I’ve been feeling inexplicably low for several days now. Must be sheer weariness causing a cold wave of discouragement to set in or something! At times like that we yearn to be joyful and “warm” again, don’t we? I’m praying for you, sweet friend. We share similar trials and emotions, but both of us also know to look to God to receive the change of heart or mindset that we need. Love and gentle hugs returned to you! xoxo

    • Michael, I’m honoured to have my words shared with your readers and grateful that they have met you at a point of need. Oh how I pray your understandable soul and body weariness will soon lift and Holy peace and joy will find their way into your aching heart! Any loss at this time of year is greatly intensified but so is the comforting presence of God in all His glorious strength. Bless you, dear friend. ❤

  2. Ah, yes, Joy, we so need the thaw of Jesus’ love in our hearts. Praying with you – “Most of all, Lord, thaw our attitudes and thoughts where they have become hardened, wearied by waiting. Remind us that during Advent, especially, there is a Holy purpose behind our pain and that new Life and Hope can be birthed in us again.” Love and hugs to you!

    • Amen, Trudy! What surprises me is how we can often miss the fact our hearts have grown hard and cold towards God and others. Being saturated in His love and character is the remedy. Compassion will happen naturally when we live like we have the mind of Jesus in us. Although God’s love is always freely available to us in every circumstance, we experience it best as we reflect on all Jesus has done for us. Gratitude tends to sharpen our heart attitude. Thank you so much for joining me in prayer, dear friend! Love and hugs to you. xo ❤

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