I’m chiseled – and so are you.

January 6, 2015 1 Comment by Josh Schlotterbeck

So, I know many of you made the resolution to get into shape or work out more this year.  That’s not what I’m talking about.    I’m talking about rocks.

Yesterday the kids and I set up their Rock Tumbler that they got for Christmas.  It was kind of anti climactic because when the kids found out it was going to take a few weeks to produce shiny, colorful, smooth and beautiful stones they were instantly depressed.   Now, you and I both know that they probably have already forgotten about the rocks, and the Science lesson we had about erosion and rock formation.  They’ve already lost the sparkle in their eyes because of the long process before the payoff.

Sometimes you loose that sparkle.  Sometimes we find ourselves on the other side of the Mountaintop; where its peak casts a long shadow on the valley, and our intimate walk with Christ is but a distant memory.  We get so wrapped in the process, the pain, and the waiting; and forget about the payoff.

You see rocks are formed over thousands of years of consistent, constant, pressure on mud, dirt, and sand. This is how precious stones are made.  They are then mined and processed so they are shiny enough for your ring, necklace, etc.

As I was teaching this lesson to my Children, I remembered where I came from.  How I was made.  I wasn’t formed or forged in the fires of fear, the pits of pride, or the satisfaction of success.   I was chiseled out of the Rock.  I was formed by my creator. in His likeness; and you were.

Isaiah 51:1

Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

We have been chiseled from the Rock.
We were excavated from the heart of the most powerful being in the universe.

I’m chiseled.  Remembering that I was cut from the heart of my God; the process isn’t so painful anymore.  The pressures aren’t so weighty.  As for the payoff….well, I am loved and fully forgiven.  There is no greater payoff than that.

And keep in mind….all of valleys (the processes) you will go through in life are just pulling off the layers of dirt and grim so that the Glory of the Rock  can shine in you and through you.

One Comment

  1. Patti Mills says:
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 6:15pm



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