God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Sunday, June 26, 2011

It's What's Inside That Counts

Do you remember Jr. High Gym Class?  Are your feelings about Gym Class directly proportional to your athletic prowess or popularity?  I have to admit, I dreaded gym.  You would never have caught me saying that gym was my favorite subject.  I dreaded the whole time form beginning to end.  First there was the uniform.  I mean how could these gym uniforms look so bad on both fat kids and skinny kids.  Then there was the next step.  The most popular athletic person was chosen to pick the teams:  you all lined up and if you happened to be a nerd and totally didn't care about competitive sports one person after another was called.  First all of the athletic people were called and then the popular kids who may not have been athletic and then you waited hoping at least you wouldn't be last.  You were chosen based upon your outside.  Who you were internally was ignored or dismissed?

But there is hope for all of you who were chosen last.  David gives us hope in the story in 1 Samuel 16:1-13.  Samuel has been sent to find the next King of Israel.  God is displeased with the current King.  A king God had set as ruler over the people because they had whined that they needed a king, God as the King was not enough.  So God gave them Saul, but Saul had lost God's approval.  God sent Samuel to find the next king.  When Samuel looked for the king he was sent to Bethlehem and Jesse.  Jesse was asked to bring out his sons.  He brings out the first son handsome and tall, Samuel thought this must be him.  But God said no.  Samuel met one son after another.  Seven sons and none of them were the next king. 

So Samuel asks if there is any other son.  Jesse remember there was one more.  The youngest he was with the sheep.  They bring in this boy who Samuel sees is ruddy with beautiful eyes and is handsome.  And God says this is the one.  This is who I have chosen and then the Spirit enters David and stays with him through his life.  The last one in line is the one God needed, the one God had called.  "For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).  God doesn't look at the outside; God looks at the inside. 

God sees into our hearts.  That is the hope of everyone who has been the last in line.  For God sees what the world may not recognize.  Think of what that can mean for you.  God can see what is on the inside and can use what is in your heart to help transform the world. 

When Michelangelo was 26, he was asked to carve a statue out of a block of marble that had already been begun.  Within this piece of marble, he saw David and brought him to life.  Within a block of stone he freed perfection.  Within a rock he saw something of incomparable beauty and set about to make it free.  As Michelangelo says of sculpting:
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

God looks at your rock of marble and sees the angel that you can be.  God sees the inside of you.

1 comment:

  1. I love this post and boy, did it speak to me where I am today! Wanted to let you know I'm excited that you will be joining us at the BE!