“Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.”
The wind has left its mark.
Look at that intricate masterpiece! This snowbank is sculpted by winds and scoured by gritty snow until it has taken in fantastical shapes and angles, cornices and columns.
How beautiful the finished product!
How horrifying the process…
See, I know what happened to create this gorgeous work of art. There were hours of darkness. Hours of screaming, snatching, arguing winds. Hours of being scrubbed with grit like waves of living sandpaper.
It wouldn’t have been comfortable, let me tell you.
Not by a long shot.
So why do you suppose that the acquisition of wisdom will be a walk in the park?
The king who penned these words in the book of Proverbs was not exaggerating when he compared wisdom to carving. As in, taking a knife or other sharp object to something in order to cut something away, to create something of rare beauty.
We love the rare beauty part.
We just object to the knife…
But friend, let’s face it. You and I in our raw state have a few rough edges. We have bumps and protrusions and bits that need softening and shaping, buffing and polishing. And the growing pains we experience in the carving phase are producing something of value – a gorgeous finished masterpiece.
All those tough circumstances you face? Those challenges, stresses, trials and hardships?
Yeah. The knife at work. Ouch.
But remember that in the hands of the Master Carver, those bits that are trimmed can reveal our natural colour and grain. Highlight our inner beauty. Enhance our lines, draw out our character, get to the heart of the matter. All that carving will leave its mark, just as the wind and weather did on this beautiful snowbank.
It doesn’t feel good to be trimmed and shaped and carved and sanded. Believe me, I know.
But our temporary comfort isn’t what God is after. He’s after our very best. He’s out to reveal our potential longterm beauty – and He’s willing to lead us through the painful parts to get us to the good stuff.
It will leave its mark.
But it will make you shine in all your glory!
Trust the carver with me?
Father, how we dislike pain and uncertainty and discomfort! Remind us that these are wisdom’s tools, the process by which we are shaped into Your likeness, and our true beauty is drawn out and revealed to those around us. Keep us faithful when the challenges and the carving come! Amen.