Beth Booram, who has written a really good book called Awaken Your Senses, posted this quote from Irenaeus on Facebook today.
“It is not you who shapes God, it is God who shapes you.
If then you are the work of God, await the hand of the artist
Who does all things in due season.
Offer God your heart, soft and tractable,
And keep the form in which the artist has fashioned you.
Let your clay be moist,
Lest you grow hard and lose the imprint of God’s fingers.”
As I read this, I realized keeping my heart soft is a challenge in the midst of lots to do, and in the midst of leading others. At times, I can shut off my heart in order to plow through things that must be done. By the time I’m ready to let down and respond to Him, I can be too weathered, or hardened to re-capture the moment of need.
How would you finish this post? What steps do you take in order to keep your heart“soft and tractable” in His hands?