Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. PSALM 51:10, NIV
Trinidad is a colonial city in Cuba and one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walking through the streets made me feel as though I had time traveled hundreds of years into the past. That’s when we came across a vendor selling guarapo-a popular drink in Cuba. I told the vendor that we wanted to buy four cups of guarapo for our family.
The man reached around the corner and grabbed four stalks of sugar cane that were each almost eight feet long. Next, he went over to this large metal machine and pushed a button, and wheels started turning and a loud noise followed. He took one of the stalks of sugar cane and put it into the back part of the machine and fed it into the machine, which proceeded to smash it.
As it went through the machine liquid sugar cane juice came out and filled a pitcher near the front of the machine. After the sugar cane went through once, he put it through the machine again, and again. He did this to all four of the stalks, and all the while we curiously watched. In Cuba it is common to order something to drink and have them make it right there in front of you. When he was done, the floor in his shop was littered with the stalks, which had been smashed so hard they had become like dry, flakey hay all over the floor. Next, he filled up four cups of the guarapo and gave it to us. It was delicious, and I was amazed that he had transformed those long stalks into this yummy, sweet drink.
God has special transformation in store for you too. When we accept Christ into our life we are transformed and born again. Have you been baptized? Baptism is how you publicly accept Jesus as your Savior.
If you want God forever be the center of your life, look into being baptized and let God create in you a pure heart.