Rise, O shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned over you. For, look, darkness covers the earth, and thick mist, the peoples, And upon you the Lord shall dawn, and his glory shall be seen upon you, …. (Is 60:1-3)
When a sculptor acquires the raw stone he will use to make his masterpiece, he doesn’t disdain it for its roughness. Though the stone is not yet shaped, the artist notices both the inherent beauty of the unworked stone and also it’s great potential for goodness, beauty and truth when his work is complete.
In the same way, God doesn’t look at us in our unfinished state and think how ugly or incomplete we are today or were yesterday. God saw the potential goodness, beauty and truth in us from the moment his idea of us was born in his mind before the beginning of time.
God knows our great potential, to be more like him. Yet, to reach that potential we must trust the Sculptor, both his idea for our life story and also the day-to-day work he does shaping us, sometimes in ways that are uncomfortable as we can see pieces of ourselves being chipped away.
Though we Christians recognize our imperfections, our roughness, let us not focus on that. Instead, let us see ourselves and each other as God sees us - as rough unfinished masterpieces.
For the light of Christ and the glory of God has dawned over us, and his light and glory is seen in us yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Biblical citations are from, Alter, Robert. The Hebrew Bible, Volume 2: Prophets (Nevi’ im), A Translation with Commentary. New York/London: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2019.