Medically speaking plaque in the arteries of your heart is never a good thing. WebMD has an article on artery plaque and they say the following: Blocked arteries caused by plaque buildup and blood clots are the leading cause of death in the U.S. Clearly, if we do not take care of our bodies and watch what we eat. The arteries begin to harden with plaque causing some negative results for your body.
So, what can be said for our Spirit. The hardened heart is plaque buildup for the Spirit. As shown in the picture above it is like concrete and will take some heavy machinery to crack through. Take a look at what Proverbs says:
Proverbs 28:13-14 - Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
A hardened heart leaves no room for God. It is sometimes caused by pain and hurt. However, it can work against our very nature and cause us to miss out on so many blessings. Please understand that it is only by his Grace that the heart can be repaired. As we let him in, the condition of our heart begins to shed the stone.
As time goes by our heart begins to feel and love again. It begins to allow God the opportunity to perform his perfect work in us. It is only God can who can turn a heart of stone into a heart of flesh.
As you spend time meditating and praying if you are dealing with a harden heart as God to help you. Put your guard down and let him in. It will be the best decision you have made to date.
Meditate on that!