The Chisel Belongs To The Artist

Four words looped around my brain this past weekend, like a ticker tape banner circling my mind.

More seeking… Less striving More seeking…Less striving

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.

I accomplish more when I rest wholly in the labor of Jesus than I do when I frantically try to do the work for Him.”
~AW Tozer

10 thoughts on “The Chisel Belongs To The Artist

  1. Suzanne Acuff

    This is so hard because it's so contrary to the way we have to function in the world. I really like this, and I like the quote.

  2. Lisa

    Love this, Eileen! So many great lessons packed in this post. Less striving, more seeking. The chisel works best in the hand of the artist. I want to focus on seeking God more and let Him take care of the rest. Thanks!

  3. Jenifer

    This is awesome! I want to know the finished product. But only the Artist does. I must leave Him to His work and not try to take over. GReat encouragement.

  4. Heidi

    Such a great reminder! We live in a DIY (do it yourself) world, but we've got a God who is complete control… we're best off letting go of our own plans. Blessings!

  5. My daily walk in His grace!

    Hi Eileen – I have found the more I strive, the more God sits back and lets me, until I'm exhausted. Excellent post. I think I'm going to tape those 4 words of yours to my dressing table mirror.
    God bless

  6. Kandi


    I do not know how many times I have wanted to know the finished product of what God is creating, the not knowing is such a scary place to be. I have been so exhausted at times when I have tried to wrestle away the chisel and do it myself, only to come up short in the creation of my own making.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

  7. Amy Sullivan

    I love how you summarized this message. It reminds me that I just can't grab the chisel and go to town. It doesn't belong to me.

    It was so fun meeting you at the conference. Just being around all those passionate women was a real encouragement to me…you included.

    I love how you craft words here.

  8. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    What a wonderful analogy Eileen.

    Trying to wrestle control of the chisel from our Heavenly Sculptor never leads to improvement of the artwork, it simply frustrates the process.

    Wonderful post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  9. Jen

    And sadly…how many times have I tried to do the work for Him… A great reminder. He the master. Me…the vessel. ~ Jen


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