Becoming. What a beautiful word. The implication that we're on our way to something yet not quite there yet. It's a word heavy with promise, a word that holds how far we've come. It’s actually a word synonymous with lovely and tasteful. Maybe we should start looking at our “becoming”, our in between, our adventure as something beautiful because it is.
Life is a path of becoming. Our experiences, travels, conversations and decisions all shape us into the person we are becoming.
There are times I get caught up on who I'm not and it frustrates me to the point where I'll have to say out loud, Mariah you're on your way. I always want to have the end results immediately, but what joy can we find jumping from result to result? It’s what we learn in the process that molds us into who we are more than the results ever could.
A few weeks ago, I live streamed a service from a church I attend while at home. Surprisingly enough, the pastor told a story of a time he was in Florence, Italy and was able to see Michelangelo’s David. One of the most interesting things he was told during the explanation of David was something like this:
Michelangelo was given a block of marble, actually marble abandoned by another artist that was given to him to create something marvelous. When asked how he began to create David, he said that he saw the marble as it was and then began to see David in the marble. He envisioned every piece of David. He ultimately looked through the marble and could see what he needed to remove in order to have a finished sculpture.
I bet this is how God looks at us. We may feel like we’re that second-hand marble, given up on by someone who can’t “fix” us or maybe we’ve just given up on ourselves, BUT (spoiler alert!!) we have a God who declares our purpose and sees our potential. Just take a look at Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139:13 and Ephesians 2:10 for affirmation! We may be that block of marble now, but God is chipping away the pieces we don’t need so we can become who He created us to be.
Michelangelo worked constantly to shape David for two years before he was finished. David didn’t just happen overnight. Similarly, God calls us His masterpiece and He is continually working in us.
I remember the day I was baptized. I thought I’d feel different, act different, I thought everything would be different immediately. Anyone who’s been there knows that isn’t exactly how it works. Growing takes time. It takes God’s timing and our cooperation for Him to shape us into the person He has created us to become.
For me, this adventure of becoming is more like a tango with God rather than a straight shot. There’s a lot of trial and error, learning to listen and a whole lot of learning to be still. Isn’t it insane how easy God has made this for us?! He’s the one doing all the work, we just need to be still and listen. David didn’t lift one finger to help Michelangelo shape him, he let him do all the work. Right now God is doing the same, He’s completing a work He started from the moment we accepted Him.
So all of this to say, don’t get frustrated if you aren’t who you want to be yet. You’re on your way. God is still working in you. Give Him control and enjoy the adventure of "becoming" He’s taking you on. It’ll be beautiful.