Ezekiel 36:26-27 says “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
This verse in the Bible has come to my mind many times since I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure this past July 2017. My doctors inform me that my heart is stiff and enlarged due to Chemotherapy treatment I received ten years ago when diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
In these verses it is referring to God speaking to His people about His relationship to them. Though we may think we are running our own lives we can be quickly reminded, as I was ten years ago, and have been again recently, that we are not in control. So that leaves one left to conclude one of two things: Either 1)there is a God who made us, sees us and works in our lives to bring about His desired results or 2) we are here by happenstance (however that works) and there is no rhyme or reason for our existence and no plan for our lives. Things just happen to us and we do what we can to influence a desired result.
At this point it is probably obvious that I wholeheartedly believe that there is a God and that He wants to know me intimately and has a plan for my life.This viewpoint does require faith and trust in the fact that God will give me a new heart and spirit. This is referring to the fact that everyone comes into this world as a “sinner”- or what I would like to call a “hot mess”. Argue if you want to but it doesn’t take long to see that no one is perfect and most of us are far from it! So we are in need of help and unable to live a life of perfection which is what God intended for us. Sin came into the world through the first man and woman which separated us (mankind) from Him. So God made a way through his son Jesus to enable us to be reconciled to Him again- to have that intended relationship. In doing this we are able to receive a new heart (made of flesh-metaphor for soft and pliable and alive or healthy) in exchange for our old heart (made of stone-metaphor for hard and brittle, dead or unhealthy).
So as I sit here today having been in the hospital for 14 days waiting on my literal heart of stone to be exchanged for my new heart of flesh, I find myself contemplating my spiritual state and am so thankful that God looked down on me and saw my hard heart toward Him and chose to sacrifice His son so that I could know Him and have a renewed life in Him!