I have always been low-key fascinated with the art of sculpting stone. Statues like David, and monuments like Mt. Rushmore, have always given rise to a sense of wonder and amazement at the skill and attention to detail it must take to make draw such a work of art out of a piece of stone. A work like Mt. Rushmore only increases this fascination because of its scale and permanence. I have often asked, what if the sculpture carved just a little too deep and all of a sudden, the tip of Honest Abe’s nose went plummeting to the valley below? How does someone recover from an error like that?
I learned the answer to this question on a recent visit to Stone Mountain, GA. If you’ve never been there, Stone Mountain is a small mountain made of granite that features the image of three Civil War generals carved onto the rock face. In watching a video on the history of the project, I learned that at some point in the process, additional rock was fastened to the face to allow the artist to make some adjustments and correct some issues of perspective.
I found this particularly interesting because at one point in the project, the original artist was removed for some creative differences and his work was exploded and removed from the mountain with a bunch of dynamite. (He would go on to lead the creation of Mt. Rushmore, so I think he made out just fine.)
All of this made me think back to the times in my life when I looked at a situation and thought, this is beyond hope. There is no way that this thing, this project, or this person is going to turn out the way it was intended. There’s no way that something beautiful can come from this. There have even been seasons where I have drawn this conclusion about my own life. Have you ever been there? Have you ever decided that something or someone was unsalvageable? Learning about the process of carving this mountain suddenly made me grateful that God never thought that when he looked at me. It also convicted me of all the times I have thought that about someone else.
Here’s the truth, there is nothing, no matter how broken or damaged, that God can’t redeem. It doesn’t matter what has happened, where they have been, or what they have done. God can redeem them. It doesn’t matter where you have been or what you have done, God can redeem you.
So, if you’re looking at the sculpture of your life and there’s a gaping hole where the nose is supposed to be, know that God can pick up the pieces, put them back together, and create something so beautiful from what used to be nothing more than a giant rock. All we need to do is turn over those pieces to him and let him take it from there! Go in confidence today that, to God, you are worth redeeming and also, carry the burden that you have been called to believe that about everyone you meet. God is a God of redemption and restoration. What part do you need to play in that message today?