Sea Glass – From Brokenness to Beauty
One of my great pleasures in life is finding beautiful stones and pieces of sea glass on the beach. I have a small collection of particularly lovely ones on a shelf in our house.
Sea glass fascinates me. What we know as sea glass is actually just pieces of a glass vessel – a jar, a bottle, that has been broken and somehow ended up in the sea. It might seem as though it’s been discarded, but in fact it’s there that the journey to new purpose and beauty is just beginning!
There, as the piece of glass is relentlessly tossed and tumbled in the surf and sand, the rough edges are smoothed off. The end result is something beautiful, sought after by costume jewellers and highly prized by collectors. I read recently of a piece of rare, red glass, sold in its natural state (in other words not set in a piece of jewellery) for four hundred American Dollars!
A person with a trained eye can tell the difference between a genuine piece of sea glass honed through years – even decades in the water, and an imitation. The imitations are often just a bit too smooth, too shiny. Genuine sea glass, although smooth, shows its journey in its unique shape.
Shaped and Honed by “Rough Waters”
I was looking at a piece of sea glass in my hand this morning when this thought occurred to me;
It took rough seas to create this beautiful thing. If the sea was always calm, this process couldn’t happen.
Does your life feel rough at the moment. Look at this beautiful promise in Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
Notice that the word used here is ”When”, not if; We can expect to go through trials in life. How else will we be honed and shaped? However it’s in and through these times that God can demonstrate to us His faithfulness and we experience first-hand his ever present help. (Psalm 46:1)
You Will Not Be Overwhelmed
God’s promise to you is that you will not be overwhelmed by those waves. He will never abandon you to flounder on your own. Don’t be afraid, if you find yourself in stormy seas at this time in life. The previous verse in Isaiah 43
Isaiah 43:1 is a reminder that you belong to God. He has not forgotten, abandoned or discarded you:
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
Some people reading this may feel you’ve “blown it”, messed up, and missed what God had for you. Like that original glass vessel that the piece of sea glass came from, you cannot be too badly broken for God to reshape. While you still have breath in your lungs, it’s never too late to submit to His tender, loving honing and re-shaping.
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