One day a preacher who had just experienced a terrible personal tragedy, walked past a construction site where a huge cathedral was being built. As he watched the men work, he noticed one man carving a small triangle out of granite with a chisel and a hammer. The preacher called out to the stone mason and asked him what he was making. The workman stopped and pointed to a place near the top of that great cathedral. He said, “Do you see that tiny, open triangle near the top of the roof?” The preacher answered, “Yes.” “Well, said the workman, “I am carving this out down here so that it will fit in up there.” Then the preacher understood what God was doing. The Lord was merely carving him out down here so that he would fit in up there. (Allen Carr, sermon, Feel Like Traveling On)
The previous illustration captures the theme of Paul’s message to us today in 2 Corinthians. God has left us in a lost and dying world full of trails and disappointments to shape us for His glory, so that we will fit perfectly into those heavenly bodies He has already prepared for each of us who know Jesus Christ as our Savior.
May God encourage us today with Paul’s words about our glorious future,