I loved the analogy my pastor, Peter Vogt, shared in church this Sunday. He was describing how Michelangelo took a hunk of flawed marble other artists had rejected, and claimed it for himself. Then he dedicated years to chipping away everything that “wasn’t David,” and sculpting the breathtaking masterpiece we see today.
But even after the sculptor was finished and paid for his work, he didn’t wash his hands of it, but instead remained involved in every step of the process of seeing the statue moved carefully to its rightful place, and protected along the way.
I could relate to this even as an “creator” on a much smaller scale, crafting novels and chipping away at unnecessary words for months on end. While it is a relief to send off my manuscripts to editors, I still feel very maternal toward each of my books, and care about how they are edited, promoted, and received by readers.
The pastor brought out the fact that however much a creative, devoted artist cares about his statue (or book :)), God cares about us—his creation—even more. And not only about people, but the entire world, for he is the Creator of all things.
Pastor Peter went on to talk about how we are to love and care for the world like God does. And while we don’t condone sin, we are supposed to engage a world full of flawed people (ourselves included), and not withdraw from it. We are to be agents of reconciliation by honoring God, showing love in action, and pointing the way, so that others will be reconciled with God and develop a relationship with Him as well.
I am no theologian and don’t know what all that means, but for me this week, it means looking for ways to love and care for the world—the people I meet and the world I walk through. And to look for ways to honor the one who redeems us, loves us–flawed though we are–and allows us to play a small part in His restoration of the world.
What does it mean to you?