A Chisel in the Hand of God: Changing My Narrative

| Andy Mason

It’s time to change my narrative. My narrative is the story of my life. I get to emphasize the parts I choose. Feedback from a few close friends let me know that I was emphasizing the wrong things. I was focussed on some painful experiences of the past rather than what I have become through those experiences. I had a lightbulb moment. Here’s what I learned….

Changing your narrative


Your life is a masterpiece

Your life is a masterpiece, a designer art piece being fashioned by God Himself. You are the clay; He is the potter.


Your life is in process of change

The process of being fashioned and formed into something beautiful and productive is not always fun. Have you seen the tools a potter uses?! In the wrong hands many of them could easily be a murder weapon!

changing narrative


Change is not always fun

God uses tools to shape and fashion your life. He is only good; there is not shadow or deceit in Him. He does not cause evil things to happen so that He can teach you something. That would not be a loving Father; it would be abuse. He does redeem evil situations and bad circumstances and turns them for good. He can take a painful leadership experience or event and turn it into the very tool in His hand that shapes you into awesome.


Changing perspective helps the process

Problem was I was still complaining about the painful event – the chisel, or potters tool, rather than seeing it through Heaven’s perspective.

When I had the lightbulb moment I suddenly realized I am who I am because of the painful situations that God has redeemed so well (a chisel in His hand). The very situations or events that I was reacting to were the same ones that have developed my character, wisdom and abilities to do the very things I get to do now; to be the person I am today.


It’s not about the chisel

Wow, that changes things.

I can now genuinely say, “Thank you […leader, person, situation, delay, event…]. You were a chisel in the hand of God sculpting me into awesome!”

It doesn’t take away or minimize the pain; it does give it purpose. It also allows me to focus less on the pain and more on the hand of my God that has shaped me, and is shaping me into all He made me to be.

“Woe to him who strives with his Maker!

Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ “

Isaiah 45:9


You were born for awesome!

In order for us to step into what’s next we need to let go of what ‘was.’ It’s time to stop striving with God by holding onto all the painful tools that have actually ended up shaping us into something beautiful. The tool may be ugly; the result in God’s hand is a masterpiece.

It’s time to change perspective.

What do you need to let go of? Who do you need to forgive? When you start to see from Heaven’s perspective what painful situations have actually resulted in your greatest growth?

What is the Maker forming and shaping you into? How can you partner with that rather than striving against it?


9 thoughts on “A Chisel in the Hand of God: Changing My Narrative”

  1. So true. On a particularly ‘feeling chiseled’ Saturday, I went to a prophetic art both downtown Portland, and unknowingly, a ‘Heaven to Earth’ artist drew a crystal pitcher pouring out gold. But I always liked plain glass pitchers over cut glass! Yielding to the hand of the artist isn’t always easy.

  2. Dear Andy,
    How grateful I am for for friends in God’s family who help us shift the focus of our narrative to God’s true heart for the process we are in! He IS ALWAYS GOOD! Thanks for your encouraging blog!

  3. Thanks Andy for being one shaped by His Words and promises. We have experienced His chiseling in our thinking patterns and relationships. Thanks for being an encouragement to us during the process about letting go of those pain points and how that moved us further alonng in the fulfillment of His promises to us!

  4. Andy, I enjoy your Blog and how true your words are. Sometimes God’s goal for you isn’t obvious till after the experience.
    I’m here recently from Alaska, retired from
    my trade there I now look for opportunities to help others. But thoroughly enjoy the Bethel Family and Redding. Keep your positive messages coming.

  5. Thank you for the insight and encouragement. This word is very timely and I will continue to meditate on how awesome God made me.

    I am venturing into a new business career adventure after 43 years in a profession and your word encourages me that I am able to move forward with this dream.


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