Lysa Terkeurst’s Unglued study referred to Michelangelo’s sculptures to illustrate God’s chiseling grace in our lives. So for our final womenconnect class on April 24th, we decided to create our own sculptures to remind us of God’s wonderful work in us and that we are His masterpieces in the making.
We used white soap to represent purity and being washed clean as we continually accept God’s grace to cleanse and sanctify us as we yield to Him and worship Him only. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Carvings included a:
• Heart: God chisels away the rough edges and He makes our hearts like His.
• Flower: God works on removing all the hard and ugly parts, revealing our inner beauty.
• Cross: God’s loving sacrifice for us.
• Tower: God is our strong tower to run to for refuge.
• Bird: God cares for the birds, and He cares for us.
We used a variety of tools to chisel, just as God uses different tools, including His Word, to chisel in our lives. He removes our fears, hate, selfishness, self-centeredness, anger, jealousy, and self-blame slowly but surely by His grace. We used bigger sharp knives to cut off big chunks that were not needed in the sculpture, which is much like God needs to do with us at times.
Some carvings were not completed, reminding us that we are still a work in progress, or as Lysa called it, making “imperfect progress.” Finished carvings reminded us of what is hoped for and planned by God as He perfects our faith (Heb 12:2).
The soap had words imprinted on it like “Ivory” or “Jergens.” Just like the world has imprinted words, thoughts, and ideas on us, we want God to chisel off the destructive thoughts and carve in His words of love, joy, peace, and thankfulness. We want these “lingering words,” as Lysa called them, to keep our hearts immersed in peace.
God will bless us with His chiseling grace. He loves us so much, and He is faithful! So, “Let God chisel!”
Contributed by Lori Burnell