A pile of rocks

Un tas de pierres cesse d’être un tas de pierres, des qu’un seul homme le contemple avec, en lui, l’image d’une cathédrale. –

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

I love this quote. That there is more to things than we can sometimes to see. To one person it can be a pile of rocks. Nothing beautiful, nothing special, nothing significant. But to another it holds the potential, the beauty of something greater.

I think that sometimes we can think that we’re just a pile of rocks – nothing special, nothing significant, just bland boring rocks. No different to all the other piles of rocks around us. Yet, God sees. God looks at us and He sees more that ‘just a pile of rocks.” He sees our potential, He sees the purpose for which He has created us, He sees our destiny, our beauty and our strengths. He sees more than we see.

God created each of us with an eternal and specific purpose in mind. If He didn’t want us we wouldn’t be here. He has a good future for us that He planned from the beginning. God created each of us in love. The purpose and plans God has for us were specifically planned for us and for us alone.

Michelangelo would stand before a block of marble and also see its potential. He said

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5)