Luke 19:40 NASB
I visited the Petrified Forest in Arizona this summer. An amazing geological phenomena, the forces and elements of nature allow something of limited time to become eternal.
What happens in this process? A volcanic eruption resulting in layers and layers of hot ash containing silicates mixed with water, cover the trees and infuse into their cells. A change begins to take place. Before the tree disintegrates, the cells remain the same shape but change in composition by crystallizing. The tree, though looking like a tree is now a solid "rock," a beautifully patterned, multi-colored specimen; an old life takes on new identity.
Thinking of the word "petrified" Does a negative connotation define this word?
Something like: "SCARED STIFF"
"FROZEN IN FEAR"
Spiritually speaking, let's compare the process to sanctification of a believer. God's spirit erupts in our hearts. Combined with His covering of the ashes of forgiveness and the washing away of our sin--a change happens. Our old sinful cells (selves) transform into new matter and God the Creator gives us a defining hope and purpose.
Promised: "SOLID AS A ROCK"
Lord God, the wonders of your creation never cease to point towards your existence. Help me to remain humble and allow my cells to feel your presence. Transform me, remake me, to give you glory. Amen