Safe in my shell

Ezekiel 11:19 “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them, I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” (NIV)*

Baby turtle hiding in its shell.

Baby turtle hiding in its shell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I accepted a heart of flesh,

then, I’d have to feel…

I’m used to the way I am,

inside this covering of steel.

What would I do with a heart of flesh…

if others wept, would I weep too?

If they hurt, then I might hurt,

and then…what would I do?

Yes, it’s safer in this stone cold shell,

I can hide as life passes by…

so I’m saying no thanks

to that heart of flesh—

safe in my shell am I.

……….

by Patty Perkins

……….

Sad to say, that’s where I’d stay without the love of a Savior—saving me from myself and drawing me from this shell.

……….

*The One Year Bible, November 4, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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