Do you sometimes look at your life and think, “That’s just not me?” It happens to the best of us. It may be that you see a few things you’ve done out of character or at least not who you want to be. It may even be that you woke up one day wondering how you got to this place where your actions aren’t an accurate representation of what’s in your heart. Maybe you’re like me, and you try so hard to be the one in control of your emotions but find that sometimes they are in control of you, and the result is something you don’t want to be.
This week I learned some things about Michelangelo’s statue, David, which really left me awestruck. For instance, did you know that Michelangelo was only 26 years old when he starting carving this masterpiece? Interestingly enough, he wasn’t the 1st artist to work on the sculpture. He was actually the 3rd. The other two gave up, but Michelangelo was confident he could do it.
In my reading this week, something really resonated with me. It was a quote from Michelangelo himself. After two years of working on, living with, and sleeping beside this statue-in-the-making, “Michelangelo is reported to have said, ‘I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.’ When asked how he made his statue, Michelangelo is reported to have said, ‘It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.’”[i]
Wow! Everything about this statue coming into existence is fascinating, but read that last sentence again. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.
Think about those things in your life that don’t look like you. They don’t reflect your heart’s desire, and they aren’t representative of who you are. This is where you need to just let God chisel. Like Michelangelo, who never left David until he was completed, God has never and will never leave your side. Ever.
As long as you allow him to, God will chip away all those things that don’t look like you. It’s a process, so be patient. Trust that you are his masterpiece, and he knows exactly what parts need to be chiseled and what parts need to remain intact. The end product will be absolutely breathtaking.