A Tender Heart for the Things of God

I will give them singleness of heart and and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 11:19 NLT

The snow was deep as we followed the winding path through the woods to the river; it was passable for adults, but too strenuous for little ones. My son Cameron pulled his two-year-old son Clark on a sled as we trudged along. Clark worked hard to maintain his balance on the bumpy terrain, so he was excited to be “free” when we arrived at our destination.

Wooden decks extended out over the river, providing beautiful views of the valley and mountains. Clark ran down to the end of the deck and climbed up on a bench for a better view.

While we were all looking at the grandeur of the mountains, Clark pointed out a single duck floating on the water. The temperatures had been in the single digits, so we were all wondering how the duck was surviving by himself in this cold weather. Cameron thought the fowl must have been hurt, to be unable to fly south with the rest of his flock.

Clarkie became very concerned for the solitary duck on the river. He asked if we could bring him home to take care of him. Cameron sat down on the bench by his son, and wrapping his arms around him, he told him we couldn’t take the little duck home. But we could pray for him and trust the Lord to take care of him.

On the walk back to the parking lot, on the ride in the car and for the rest of the day, Clark talked about the duck that was hurt and left behind by his flock. We prayed several times for the little duck and then again right before bed.

Clark’s tender concern for the duck was so touching. He wasn’t in awe of the mighty mountains or captivated by the stunning beauty of the meandering river, no, he was enthralled by one teeny, living creature.

I think at times I get caught up with the mighty mountains in my life and I miss the small concerns God has placed in my path to pray for. Maybe, at times it’s those smaller, seemingly non-consequential concerns that are more valuable and important in God’s eyes? Especially when those concerns are about the living.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the sensitive hearts of children that point us to the real importance of life. Help me not be too busy to see the prayer needs you have placed in my own path. Please give me a tender, responsive heart, to respond as you would want me too. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

10 thoughts on “A Tender Heart for the Things of God

  1. Oh Linda, this story pierced my heart. It is so true. I am praying for a more sensitive heart to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit so that I won’t miss the tender ones He places in my path and on my heart. Love your prayer. May it be so for us all. Blessings, Susan


  2. Oh that precious boy! “
    Lord, help me to care so tenderly for those that are hurting and lonely!


  3. Linda, this is a wonderful verse to pray over those who do not yet know Jesus or have wandered away from Him. I am praying this verse over my loved ones . Thank you again for bringing it to our attention . Blessings,, Susan


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