“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth."
(The Lord took a man and woman out of their familiar and comfortable places,
revealed Himself to them, and began forming a new people, a people of His making.
The quarry and rock images relate to a stone mason
actually forming a rough, uncut piece of rock into his own design
and using the building blocks to construct a building.
For those who follow after Him, the Lord is reminding us that we are His design,
that He has built us into a people, into a building of His making, into His dwelling place.
He is reminding us that we are neither the initiators nor the builders of this body of work,
but that the Lord has taken us, rough and uncut,
and formed us into the construction or building that He has designed.
As the temple of God, He has taken us out of the pit of the quarry where we had resided
and cut and polished us so that we have become His special design, His special people.
Individually, the Lord has also taken each one of us,
just as He singled out Abraham and Sarah individually,
and is in the process still of cutting and carving our lives
into the building block He has envisioned and ordained.
The Mighty Stone Mason carefully and lovingly shapes our lives
into the stonework that is an extension of His handiwork
as he creates a masterpiece, His masterpiece, in each of us.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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