One day we went on a field trip by the ocean and I met up with a woman who was fervently searching the rocks. I asked her what she was looking for. “Sea glass” she told me. I had never heard of it before, so she showed me some that she had found. It was beautiful and I could see why she was a collector.
Sea Glass Photo by Zia Soleil/Getty Images
Sea glass is very interesting. A glass bottle gets discarded into the seas, and as it gets tumbled around by the waves and tossed against the rocks it rounds and softens the sharp edges. Sometimes the glass gets wedged in the rocks, and the exposed pieces get crashed upon and smoothed out. The salt and lime in the ocean even changes the color of the glass, giving it a beautiful frosty look. And it kind of thickens and becomes stronger as it weathers the storms.
And that discarded bottle that no one wanted becomes a little broken up piece of treasure.
Do you ever feel like you’ve been broken, trashed and forgotten? That the storms of life, the crashing waves and rough spots that grab you and hold you captive will destroy you?
My friend, like a piece of glass thrown into the sea, you are being made into a treasure too. And just as a passionate collector does, Jesus is searching for the rare find of a piece softened, perfected and strengthened by the storms it has weathered.
You are a treasure to Him. Precious and rare and worthy of collecting. Made beautiful by the trials of this life, changed from rough and sharp and broken to soft and smooth and beautiful.
No doubt the glass goes through a lot for a long time to become a piece worthy of collecting. It probably gets tossed about and broken several times over several years before it is beautiful enough to be worthy of collecting.
You will go through a lot in this life too. Just remember, what you are becoming.
If that bottle was never tossed around, tumbled in the waves and thrown against the rocks, it would be nothing more than a broken bottle.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened to you;
but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed,
you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:12-13
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