I recently watched a professional ice sculptor turn an unassuming block of ice into Sid, the sloth from the Ice Age series. This was at the launch of the new 3D movie Ice Age 4, Collision Course at The Zone, Rosebank.
At times the work on the gigantic ice block got messy. The artist used what looked like a chainsaw to literally hack off large chunks of ice. Other times, his work involved careful chiselling and he frowned as he concentrated hard, carving fine detail into the ice’s surface.
The audience watched from the side, silent with anticipation.
When the artist began the work, no one watching knew what the block of ice would become. There was no way of telling what the artist’s intentions were. The audience trusted he was professional and for this reason, he held their attention.
The transformation work commenced and eventually the sloth emerged, to the audience’s approval. Some final polishing of the ice figurine completed the masterpiece.
Mark Twain said, the two most important days of anyone’s life are 1. The day you are born. 2 The day you realise why you were born.
No one is created without purpose. One of the greatest privileges of my job is meeting with men and women who are convinced of their life’s purpose. Many of them have unbelievable stories to tell, of how they discovered their purpose.
Many times, this understanding of purpose came through hard knocks and blows, but because they trusted the Artist, something beautiful was unveiled at the end of it all.
When Michelangelo was asked about how he had produced his masterpiece, the statue of David, from a large block of marble, he answered it was easy, he had just taken away everything that wasn’t ‘David’. He also said he believed every block of stone had a statue inside it, and it was the task of the sculptor to discover it.
This week’s front page story is about a remarkable young lady, just 17 years old, who, without formal training in music, has produced her debut music album (see page 6). Leeuwenhof Akademie’s Charlize Herman says when she began to perform in school plays and she started to compose songs as gifts for people, she hadn’t expected this would lead to a career in music. This unveiling of purpose came as a surprise to her – much as the unveiling of Sid, at the Ice Age 4 launch this past Saturday.
Life is full of good surprises and the Lord promises He has a good plan and purpose for every life. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29 vs 11).