Stone seems to me so hard and unyielding yet under the hands of the master sculptor it melts into the most intricate detail and astounding beauty.
Michelangelo's was just 26 years old and the highest paid sculptor at the time when he created his most famous sculpture of David. He carved it out of one massive piece of marble which had been discarded by two previous sculptors. When Michelangelo finally began his work, the marble had been waiting 40 years for someone capable of turning it into a masterpiece. It took him almost three years and during that time he slept sparingly and took little time out to eat. Three years of patience, perseverance and attention to detail.
Michelangelo spent 3 years chiseling stone into a man. God is taking our lifetime to carve our life into something that reflects him. The deep crevices of our pain and suffering ... the indents of regret and disappointments ... the stresses of failure, along with all the highlights of our love, generosity, kindness and grace, are being worked together by the Spirit to make us into the image of his son.
You are God's masterpiece!