“Oh God, chisel me. I don’t want to be stuck in my hard places forever.”
~ Lysa TerKeurst
This statement was one of many that I found myself underlining in Lysa TerKeurst’s book: Unglued. When I learned she had an accompanying study, I knew that my Lifegroup and I would be traveling into unglued territory.
This past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to present the second lesson to the class, and I want to continue the learning with you because it was so profound.
The DVD played and there it was —Michelangelo’s chiseled masterpiece
The sculptured beauty we all admire
We all sat and listened and marveled at the ability of this artist. But we were not ready for what happened next. She told us that although she was impressed with the magnificent sculpture of David, there were other sculptures that spoke about her life in a profound way…
She then moved over a few steps in the museum, and now she was standing before chunks of stone that had only been partially chiseled by Michelangelo.
The top of the sculpture was beautiful, but the bottom was still just a chunk of stone in raw form. Yet others were complete on the bottom but untouched by the chisel at the top.
—Ironically, the works are called The Prisoners
The chunks of stone that dreamed of being complete masterpieces are now locked behind a label.
Lysa was honest; she told us how labels had continuously played a big role in keeping her a prisoner in her own hard places. She knew she was an inmate in the prision of her own design, and didn’t believe she could ever be free… well, that was until she allowed The Artist to begin chiseling.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear a national speaker say something like that, it is easy to think that they have arrived. Stamped with the sign of approval. But not this gal. Lysa was candid, and she shared how she has not arrived. She is just busy taking a few more steps towards ‘imperfect progress’.
She reminded us that we have a choice to pick up the labels and slap them on each time we become unglued, or we can choose to refuse them.
She told us that unglued moments reveal that we just need a little more chiseling, that’s it!
Well, that was great news. You see, I have to admit that I have had a few more meltdown/unglued moments in the past two weeks than I had planned on having. Ugh! This study is very timely…
Only Michelangelo knew what was planned for the stones that are now frozen in time, and only God the Master artist knows what is planned for each of us as we refuse to be found stuck in our hard places.
So the next time you fail, ask God to chisel and get busy moving toward another step of imperfect progress…
“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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