(Jesus said) "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10
Mount Rushmore in South Dakota contains the massive figures of four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
The sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, spent years carving this fantastic project.
When asked how he managed to do this amazing work, he replied, "Those figures were there for 40 million years. All I had to do was dynamite 400,000 tons of granite to bring them into view."
While I disagree with Mr. Borglum on his chronology, I like the idea of removing the rubble so the beauty can shine through.
I see so many people today who have the beauty God wishes to give them hidden by the granite of problems, pains, hurts and sad stuff.
If that's true for you or someone you know, it's time to start dynamiting. The Lord Jesus wants to get rid of that stuff so the beauty can shine through.
Jesus' presence, His love and His forgiveness can get rid of those hard stones ... or at least make them less prominent. A life of beauty can be yours. Just let the Lord get rid of the rubble.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Father, remove that which is preventing us from serving You and help us to be the kind of people who reflect the Savior in all they do. In His Name, I ask it. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries