Four words looped around my brain this past weekend, like a ticker tape banner circling my mind.
Lysa Terkeurst spoke the first night at the conference, the topic Let God Chisel.
Her talk reminded me of how often we are surprised by the methods God chooses to chisel away at us…His masterpieces. The process is not always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts. We don’t necessarily see all the areas still needing to be chiseled. We question and we doubt. Lord, are you sure? As Lysa spoke, I thought about the many times in my life I’ve attempted to take the chisel out of the Artist’s hand.
I’ve tried to do the work that only the artist, Himself, is capable of doing. Sometimes, I’ve tried to speed up the process. Other times, I’ve tried to resist the process. I have no clue what the finished product is supposed to look like, only the Creator of the masterpiece knows and sees this.
When I strive to make things happen my way and on my timeline, it’s exhausting. However, when I choose to simply seek Him and trust Him, then I discover I can rest in the hands of the Artist. He does the work. He chisels me into who I need to become.
The chisel works best in the hand of the Artist.