To give them beauty for ashes --Isaiah 61:3
Today I received an email from a friend asking me about a sculpture that I mentioned in an August 4, 2015 post. I described it as a woman peeking through the crack of an open door. Sadly, it has gone to “clay heaven” and I don’t even have a photo of the piece. I wasn’t happy with the way it turned out so I opted not to fire it. "Looking through the crack of an open door" would have been good subject matter for entering the New Year! Inspired by my friend’s encouragement, I may consider resurrecting it in “a new body.”
A week ago, another piece also went to clay heaven. It was a dancer with uplifted arms to God. I had called it “Praise.” As you may have read in my Slova newsletter this week, I moved to a new apartment on Christmas Eve. In the process, I hand-carried several fragile items by foot to my new abode. Unfortunately, I hit the piece going through a doorway and the dancer’s arm broke into a dozen pieces. I was disappointed but not heart-broken. It was one of my earliest pieces and not my best work. See the photo above.
So…what have I learned from the demise of my two sculptures?
- Don’t be too hasty to discard the efforts of the past season; they may still have lessons to teach you.
- Sometimes our visions die because they need to be discarded to make way for a heavenly vision.
- Lastly, structures around me, maybe even supporting me, might break, but they don’t have to break me.
May 2016 be a year in which you see the ashes of the past season transformed into God’s more perfect vision for your life.
*Oswald Chambers, Utmost for His Highest, September 15, 2008.