Today's Unglued Blog
(More Reflections from Chapter 3)
Lysa does an excellent job of providing examples to make sure that a message or point she is trying to make really sinks in. So if you didn't understand or get yesterday's prisoner analogy (labels can imprison us in categories that are hard to escape), she provided another one. And sometimes, the MULTIPLE explanations of something is what it takes for something to truly sink in for me. So just to make sure I got it...here is my take on "The Unfinished Sculpture".
Lysa decided to go view the original David by Michelangelo at the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy. She waited in a really long line with many people so she got to read all about David. When asked about David once Michelangelo had finished, he is reported to have said, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." I wonder.....is that how God thinks of me??? Does He keep carving away what is not me until He sets me free upon my entering Heaven? Maybe the trials I go through are His carving away at me as His unfinished sculpture.
As Lysa walked into the narrow main corridor, something caught her eye & she did NOT want to just pass it by. Part of the exhibit to see David was also Prisoners by Michelangelo (it's a display of unfinished sculptures).
When Lysa saw this, she saw her interior reality vividly depicted in stone & she soaked it in. Then it hit her: "O God, chisel me. I don't want to be locked in my hard places forever." To chisel means to cut or work with, to employ shrewd or unfair practices on in order to obtain one's end. It is beautiful when the Master chisels. God doesn't allow the unglued moments of our live to happen so we'll label ourselves and stay stuck. He allows the unglued moments to make us aware of the chiseling that needs to be done. So instead of condemning myself for needing God's help & desiring His work in me & saying I'm such a horrible mother [my imprisoning label]; I could say God chisel me. Work on my hard places so I can leave the dark places of being stuck & come into the Light of who He designed me to be [the mother He intended me to be for Kayla & Jamie]. God is calling me out -- out of darkness, out from those places I thought would never get better, out of being stuck.
So, what do you think? Are we angels in marble that God carves until He sets us free upon our entering into Heaven? Are there labels you have placed on yourself that make you feel unfinished? Start praying for God to help you release & free yourself....you will be BEYOND thankful you did! I know I am.
While you think/pray on that....listen to this
....and then this