From: Lucia Flaherty
King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream of an image made of gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay, which is interpreted as kingdoms progressively inferior to each other. But they each make up this one image. Then a stone, “cut out by no human hand,” strikes the image and shatters it, becoming a great mountain that filled the whole earth.
At various points in the Bible, things are noted as “not made by hands” or here, not cut out by human hands. Maybe this was a normal phrase back then, but it always catches me up. It seems to say more than just made by God or cut out by God—it emphasizes that this is something humans didn’t do, something humans can’t do, something I can’t do. And then, in the dream, this is followed by something so big that I have no presuppositions to ever being able to do it: the stone becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth. I find peace in this, in recognizing that there are things, lots of things, that are God’s to do, things that I simply cannot do. As someone who finds a lot of identity in doing and making, it can be hard to step back and to see what God is doing, where He is inviting me in, and where he is telling me to stop and rest. But it is consistently more rewarding (and more effective) when I do stop and look to God and wait. This is the Lord’s earth to shatter and rebuild, to judge and to fill.
The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth. He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head. (Psalm 110.5-7)
I live in Boston with my husband, “big kid” and lots of projects in various states of completion.