We see many of these walled villages in Alsace, France. Pictured here is Eguisheim, one of our favorites. Its cobblestone streets and beautiful flowers make for a pleasant walk. The town is laid out in concentric circles, the outer most circle of homes forming a wall. Charm oozes from these quaint 16th century homes as they not only house families but provide a line of defense from attack. It would be difficult to scale the wall without attracting the attention of the home owners or their neighbors.
Today’s verse describes how difficult it is to win back someone who has been wronged. He has put up an impenetrable wall around his heart. His resolve not to be further wronged is like being barricaded behind the gates of a fortress. Because of hurt and a deep sense of betrayal, he is as unyielding as stone and metal. This proverb does not say it is impossible to win him back, but that getting past that natural self-protection will be very difficult.
It took nearly eighteen years to get back in the good graces of a brother who felt we had wronged him. There have been countless attempts to scale that wall with numerous apologies and expressions of regret. We would not have continued our efforts had we not cared for him so much. Eventually, he felt that love and our sincerity. Small cracks in the wall began to grow and now, our friendship is back on good footing and we are thankful! Being forgiven was one thing. Becoming close again was quite another and well worth the effort.
Thank you Lord, that because of You, healed relationships are possible!