Shackled by the Cold ~ Outside God’s Embrace

Frozen Nandina berries

Frozen Nandina berries

Shackled by the cold
  Hearts callously unaware
Outside God’s embrace

It snowed in Mississippi yesterday, which it rarely does.  I got outside and took some photos, but had to bundle up due to the extreme cold.  When I uploaded this photo of these Nandina berries encapsulated by a frigid shell, it reminded me of the coldness of a heart separated from the warmth of God.

Of souls shackled in sin’s callous grip from rejecting Christ.

Frozen nandina berries
God loves everyone, but we must choose whether to embrace Him.  It is when we draw near to God that He responds by drawing near to us.  The light of His presence brings warmth; His embrace ushers in the healing our cold hearts so desperately need.

Nandina with berries on a sunny morning

Nandina with berries on a sunny morning

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
James 4:8

Sue Nash/2014

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28 thoughts on “Shackled by the Cold ~ Outside God’s Embrace

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Oh, I love how you related the red and the hint of the Savior’s shed blood. Thanks for pointing this out. A God thing for sure, because I never even thought of that when putting it all together. Blessings

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  2. Shelly

    Sue, I love the pictures and the analogy of our sin. It has been cold here in Texas and it is easy for us to want to stay inside and be bundled up – similar to what we can do with our sin – keep it bundled up if we don’t seek the Lord. Blessings!

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Us southerners can’t take this cold! I love your analogy of the bundling up of our sin. That is always the easy path, but God’s ways are best, even if difficult at times. Thanks Shelly. Always appreciate your input.

  3. Heidi Viars

    What amazingly beautiful shots!!! I was just reading Psalm 73:28 … the nearness of God is my good … Oh, the warmth that comes from the nearness of God … LOVE your post, Sue!

  4. Rob Barkman

    Great pictures that illustrate the most important principle in the Word of God.,.. The need for a relationship with our Lord and Savior. Wonderful. Thanks for the blessing Sue!


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