If we allow it, God will transform our hearts and lives. We hear analogies of the potter and the clay, sweeping away the dust and dirt, or renovating our hearts, knocking down walls. However, for some reason, I thought of the analogy of transforming a pumpkin to a jack-o-lantern. Of course, most of the time jack-o-lanterns display scary or even grotesque faces. Well, some people do amazing and artistic carvings without the gore and horror. The pretty ones are what I have in mind…
To make a Jack-o-Lantern, slice through the thick outer shell to create an opening to reach the inside. Scoop out the messy goop and slimy seeds, scraping the walls clean. Using a variety of tools, carefully puncture, cut, and scrape out a unique carving. Sometimes it’s tricky and delicate work. Ignite a fire to place inside. The burning light shines through the design into the darkness, lighting the way for others.
God uses many means to penetrate our tough exterior. It might be through friends, difficult circumstances, or emotions. Once we let Him in, he begins to clean out the ugliness within us – the things that keep us from enjoying a real relationship with Him. There’s a lot there to do away with, both the big and obvious things and also the small things that stick to the edges. As He works, He begins revealing a beautiful design. The cuts and scrapes might cause pain, but through the process, He forms in us the unique characteristics He intended for us before we were born. His Spirit then ignites within us, guiding our actions, so we live a life of purpose and light.
http://www.hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze; http://www.cathkidston.com/fcs/blog/8-ways-to-carve-your-pumpkin-this-halloween/; http://www.rugusavay.com/different-pumpkin-carving-ideas/