Angel in the Marble
"Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church."1
It is said that when Michelangelo, the great artist-sculptor, was walking one day outside the city of Florence, he saw a piece of marble and looking at it, declared, "What God-like beauty you hide."
It is also reported that he said words to this effect: "I saw the angel in the marble and chiseled until I set it free."
What great illustrations of how God sees you and me. He sees our potential—and with His help what we can become, and what we can achieve with our life. God has a perfect plan for your life and mine. He also sees our wounded-ness and wants to heal us so we can be freed from the chains that bind us, and the unresolved issues that hinder our becoming all that He has envisioned for us to be.
And as the marble yielded to Michelangelo's skillful touch, everyday we need to yield and submit our lives to the even greater skillful touch of the Master Sculptor so that we will become more and more like Christ in every way.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, as best as I know how I commit, trust, and surrender my heart and life to You. Please work in my life so that I will become the person You want me to be. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Ephesians 4:15 (NLT).