Isaiah 66:9 – “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.”
Sea glass is a beautiful substance you can find on the shores of many beaches. I marveled over its beauty many times but never knew where it came from or how it formed. This weekend, we had the privilege of vacationing on a beach known for its sea glass, so we looked into it. A quick Google search revealed beach glass is actually shards of broken glass, a.k.a. trash of some form, whether it be from litter, storm damage, shipwrecks, etc. These fractured pieces get tossed about by the waves and bashed into the seafloor countless times until, finally, after many years, their edges smooth out and appearances change into something new, polished, and unrecognizable.
Isaiah 43:2 “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”
God revealed so many things to me as I scoured the beach for these treasures, and it started with my church, Mosaic Mansfield, and their mission statement, “Broken pieces, brought together by God’s gracious and skillful hands to make something beautiful.” Like sea glass, we’re all broken. Sometimes used and abused and discarded by the people in our lives, like garbage. All too often, we’re the ones who abuse ourselves with cruel words, repeating lies and untruths to ourselves until we believe them, or we break ourselves by giving into lifestyles we know will harm us. Sometimes, life circumstances just hurt and throw us off-kilter, tossing us around like waves, out of control, and bashing us against the seafloor over and over. But there is hope.
Psalm 46:1-3 – 1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. 2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. 3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
When you choose Him, God will use those circumstances – every single one – to transform you into something new and beautiful. Something sought after and treasured. Something unexpected, that stands out from all the worldly rocks and debris that wash up on the shores of life. Something translucent that allows His light to shine through you in a way that’s different and more stunning than anything else you can find on the beach. Rather than fearing the waves, you will anticipate them and wait to see how God will use them to change and grow you. When you get smashed into the seafloor or tangled in the seaweed, you’ll maintain peace, knowing God is smoothing your edges, beautifying and polishing you, so that you may bring Him glory. You’ll rest in the ebb and flow and feel him in the waters around you. Eventually, when He’s ready, you’ll end up on the shore, under the sunshine, where other people will recognize something’s different and special about you, and they’ll seek you out, recognizing you for the beautiful treasure you are – thanks to the work that God has done in your life.
Romans 5:3-4 (NLT) – 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
My prayer for you: God, help this beautiful woman recognize exactly that – she is beautiful. Thank you for giving her faith and perseverance through difficult times and open her eyes to the work you are doing in her life. Help her rest in the knowledge that you are for her and these circumstances are also happening for her. Thank you for blessing her with peace and faith in her trials and for helping her to rest in you, knowing you are working all things for her good. Amen.
You are loved. Have faith.
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