Day 24 – HIS IMAGE APPEARING, DAY BY DAY
Today’s thought is shared by Tim Alsup…
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The idea for Mount Rushmore would have seemed impossible to me. A big mountain of granite rock, and you want me to sculpt out 60-foot faces of American presidents? Four of them? I can’t draw 4 faces of presidents, much less sculpt them in a giant mountain. But Gutzon Borglum was able to see it. He had a vision for what this giant rock could become, so with his team, he began taking steps to transform the face of the mountain. He knew it wouldn’t happen in a day, or a week, or a year. As it turned out, it would take 14 long years! Some days the men would chisel away, all day long, hanging from the side of the mountain. Other days they would set dynamite charges, carefully and precisely, and then watch as larger chunks exploded away from the mountain. With a 14-year process, I’m sure many days Borglum and his team got ready to head home for dinner, took one last glance up at the mountain, and thought, “It really doesn’t look a lot different than it did when we got here this morning.” But even if it wasn’t obvious, progress was being made, day by day. Eventually, those giant faces began to emerge from the mountain: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln. I imagine the faces were vague at first, with Borglum having to explain to onlookers exactly what they were looking at. Slowly they became more clear, until finally the more nuanced details left no doubt about whose faces they were. It had finally become what Borglum knew it could be.
As we are transformed into the image of Christ, we too must remember it is a slow, day by day process. Jeremiah 23:29 says, “‘Is not My word like fire?’ declares the Lord, ‘and like a hammer that shatters a rock?’” God works in our lives like a fire, like a hammer. Some days He helps us shatter away larger pieces of sin. Some days He works more like a chisel, carving out the smaller details that need extra attention. And if we will stay with Him, day by day, the face of Christ begins to appear. We eventually see that the transformation has been happening – thinking more like Him, living more like Him. Seeing God’s Christ-centered vision for our lives coming into focus is one of the great blessings of the Christian life. Let’s allow Christ to be formed in us a little more today. I pray that eventually, when people look at us, our selfishness and sinfulness will be so removed that they will really only see Him.
God our Father, thank you for shaping our lives by your guidance, your word, your strength. We pray that you will keep living and growing in us, more every day, until the image of your Son Jesus Christ truly becomes everything we are and do. In Christ’s name, Amen.