If you take a rock and cut a piece off, it has great similarities to the rock from which it was cut. If you take a piece off of a chocolate chip cookie, it tastes just the same as the cookie from which it came. As a parent, I can look at my children and see similarities that they share with me. My daughter talks a lot just like me. My son likes to joke around a lot just like me. Many similarities.
In Isaiah 51, it says to “consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined.” So let us consider it. From where do you come? You were created by our Creator. Not only were you created by God, but you were created in His image. Consider the rock from which you were cut.
When you look in the mirror, remember you were created in the image of God. When you see others, remember also, that each person you meet was created in the image of God. Everyone is created in the image of God. When you consider the Rock from which each was cut, you see things much differently.
“Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance–all who seek the LORD! Consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined.” – Isaiah 51:1 [NLT]
“And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” – 1 John 2:17 [NLT]
When going for a haircut, many people like to take photos with them of how they wish to have their hair look when it is complete. I remember taking photos in to the stylist and asking to have my hair a particular way. When the job was finished, I would look at the photo and at my hair and notice that things did not match up. Every time I took in a photo, my hair was different. It didn’t matter the stylist or the style.
When we go into the salon to get our hair style changed, taking with us a photo, we are looking at how great someone’s hair looks on someone’s head. It will look differently on our own head. In the same way, God has a different photo for each of us, a different plan for each of our lives. We can have this photo of how we would like things to look, but our photo is not going to match up with someone else. We can imagine things turning out a particular way, but our expectations are not met.
We must remember that our perspective is very different from God’s perspective. Today don’t try to hand God a photo of how you want things to be, but rather, ask Him for His will for your life. That photo is so much greater.