Rock flour. Contrary to what my family may say, this is not an ingredient in my homemade biscuits.
Rock flour is, however, the substance that gives glacier fed rivers and streams their incredible color. Formed by the friction created as glaciers move slowly over the rocky terrain, grinding against the rocks, rock flour is a material so fine it doesn’t sink, but stays suspended in the water. To oversimplify what happens, this rock flour then reflects the green and blue light rays back for us to see, giving the water it’s brilliant turquoise color.
Rocks exist inside each of us.
No, I’m not talking about my biscuits. I’m talking about the grief, betrayal, abandonment, guilt, and a list of wounds too great to mention, that we allow to harden parts of our hearts.
These hardened places can become like stones, piling up until they completely obstruct our relationship with God and keep us from receiving the good things He has for us—love, joy, peace.
But when we allow God access to those places, like a massive glacier moving over the side of the mountain, He can begin the grinding process.
Little by little, God will take the hardened places and mill them into bits and fragments that permeate who we are—our unique personalities shaped by our life experiences—without blocking the flow of good things in and through us.
The bad and painful things that have happened to us don’t go away as if they never were. Forgiving and letting go isn’t the same as forgetting. Memories cannot be erased.
But God can transform them into something that loses its power to go on hurting us.
Will the process be painful? Probably so. Will it be difficult? Consider it a fight for your life. How long will it take? Only God knows. Will the result be beautiful and glorious? Absolutely.
Because once you have allowed God to do what only He can do, the real magic happens.
The particulate matter—the rock flour of our souls—reflects the Son’s light back into the world around us.
People will see something different in us, something beautiful. Something glorious.
I had the opportunity to witness this at a funeral recently. God had taken nearly thirty years to grind the lifetime of hurts, the feelings of abandonment, the lies, and memories too painful to share into a substance that radiated His glory as a family came together again. Where anger and unforgiveness could have spread a black cloud over the day, grace and mercy reflected the Son's light to everyone who came. What started as a funeral for a reclusive relative few had seen in years turned into a celebration of love and reconnection. It was a beautiful example of what God can do when we give Him permission to start the grinding.
I’ve got to go now. The smoke alarm is telling me my biscuits are ready. I’ll leave you with a challenge, though.
Are there are hard places in your heart, wounds and unforgiveness, shame or regrets? If so, invite God into those places and give Him the freedom to do what only He can do.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:6 NIV)
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18 NIV)
If there is a certain scripture God is using as sandpaper on the hard places in your heart, please be encouraged to share it with us. You never know if it might be just the verse someone else needs to hear in order to start their own healing process.