By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
On freelance assignment for the local newspaper, I covered a craft show where several lapidarists displayed their work.
One man showed not only his finished products but rough stones as well—so rough, that had I hiked by them on a mountain path, I might have kicked them out of the way. I certainly would not have recognized them for their potential.
When I asked how he recognized a true gem among thousands of plain rocks, he gladly shared his secret: “You can’t tell what it is unless it’s broken.”
Ouch. The rockslide of spiritual application nearly crushed me.
He continued. “It’s got to be broken or be a rainy day.” When the sun hits the wet or broken rock just right, he said, that’s when he can see what it really is.
It’s way more than beauty in the eye of the beholder. For a lapidarist, more than observation is involved. He or she will cut, polish, and perhaps engrave the unappealing stone and transform it into a beautiful work of art.
Like God does with us. He knows what we can be, claims us in our raw and unattractive brokenness, and fashions us into living stones.
When we’re left broken in the pouring rain or merciless sun, we feel anything but beautiful. Yet the Master Artisan sees us for what we can be at the touch of His hand.
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.
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