Let God Chisel

david

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.

For more information about Michelangelo’s David, you can visit Accademia.org

[i] TerKeurst, Lysa. Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. P. 35

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Cinderella – Not About a Girl Becoming a Princess but a Boy Becoming King

I don’t think about fairy tales too often. I watch them with my kids and know most of them from my own childhood, but I’ve never given them much thought outside of that. Yesterday I was reading in 1 Samuel and realized I was basically reading the story of Cinderella. It makes me wonder if the bible was the inspiration for the well-known story, and if it was, I wonder how many other stories used scripture for inspiration.

There was this boy . . .

Once upon a time there was a man named Samuel who God sent into the town of Bethlehem to find and anoint the next king. The only information given to Samuel, the messenger, was that he would find the next king among one of Jesse’s sons and to listen for God to tell him which son was “the one.”

Samuel met 7 young men who all looked the part, but God told him none of them were right and not to be taken in by their appearance. Samuel asked Jesse, “Is this everybody? You don’t have any more sons?” paraphrased, of course.

Jesse answered that his youngest son was out working in the field tending sheep, so Samuel asked for him to be brought in.

When David arrived, the Lord said, “This is the one,” and David was anointed as king.

A Cinderella Story

Although it’s not exactly the same, I couldn’t help but to see the similarities as I read. The “glass slipper” was designed to fit one person, and no matter how pretty the other girls were, the prince only wanted the messenger to choose the one whose foot fit perfectly into the slipper. The person who the slipper belonged to was left working and wasn’t even brought in for consideration until asked by the messenger.

In David’s story, the anointing was for one person only, and no matter how handsome the other brothers were, God only wanted Samuel to choose the one he indicated. The anointed one was left outside working and not brought in for consideration until asked by Samuel.

David’s story continues full of ups and downs where Cinderella’s story ends at the Happily Ever After moment, but the beginning of their stories sound a lot alike to me.

What do you think?