Luke 1:37 ESV – “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
God often communicates with us in seemingly random and unexpected ways, like the other day when I was scouring a beach for sea glass. Sometimes, he also asks us to do things that seem random, unexpected, and counter-intuitive.
In my first sea glass post, I wrote about our similarities to these treasures and how God uses the waves and tumultuous nature of life to refine and polish us into something new, unrecognizable, and undeniably his. Today, I want to dig in and discuss the other, completely different, yet equally profound lessons I learned during that sacred time. Let’s dive in.
When I began hunting for sea glass, I left my shoes on. It would have been silly not to. We were on the shores of Lake Erie, where the dark, coarse sand is filled with sharp pebbles, and jagged shell pieces. As I walked around in my sneakers, it dawned on me that there was NO sea glass in my search area. It was all in places that required you to risk getting your feet wet to find it.
To make matters worse, other people showed up and were also combing my patch of beach for the tiny tumbled treasures. If I wanted any, I either had to sacrifice my shoes, or take them off and walk barefoot over the jagged rocks. I love those shoes, and feet heal, so I begrudgingly trudged off in search of treasures, sans shoes.
1 Corinthians 2:5 ISV – So that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.
I hiked up my pant legs and gingerly clambered down the ledge of sand, ouching and grunting as the little shell shards bit into my skin. The new people wisely kept their shoes on and watched, entertained, as I went about my business. I acknowledged them with a smile and kept searching, carefully staying of the chilly water (I can’t stand being cold) and “Oo-ed and aww-ed” in delight whenever I unearthed a rare treasure.
Over time I got better at picking the pieces out from their surroundings and found fragments I previously overlooked. I combed the beach repeatedly, scouring the sand for anything I might have missed. Eventually, my tender feet got used to the rocks and it didn’t seem to hurt as much. Unfortunately, there still wasn’t a whole lot of the glass in my area, so I didn’t get the payload I’d hoped for.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT – So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
However, as I peered into the waves lapping the shore, my newly attuned eyes saw small pieces washing in and out, and more stuck in the sand below the water’s surface. Now, I knew if I wanted it, I had to get cold. Have I mentioned my intense dislike of all things cold? I also don’t like putting shoes and socks back on wet feet. (Yes, I’m neurotic like that.) But I really really wanted those little pieces. Bad. So, I hiked my pant legs up even further, steeled myself for the biting chill, and waded in. Jackpot! I was rewarded for my efforts with a ton of beautiful sea glass and gorgeous, tumbled abalone shell chunks.
In all this, God showed me that, to find His treasures, we must be willing to make ourselves uncomfortable, look silly to the rest of the world, and be prepared to go where other people won’t. We have to do things a little differently, trust His promptings, and be obedient in the instructions that don’t make sense – because it sure didn’t make sense to me that what was underwater wouldn’t have just washed back into the lake with the next wave that rolled through. Hidden out of sight. But, He was faithful, and there it was. He even opened my eyes to help me see what remained hidden from most people. The funny thing is, walking in that water wasn’t bad at all, once I got used to it. The sand there was actually softer on my feet, too.
Romans 4:20 ESV – No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
When God calls us, He will help us overcome circumstances that seem unovercomeable (pretty sure I made that word up). Jesus will change our sight, so we can see the treasure. He will either toughen our feet soften the sand in atypical places when we walk the rough terrain to get where we need to go. God will warm the coolest chill, and when we are obedient, he will show us how to find treasure in the most unexpected places.
My prayer for you: God, open this woman’s eyes to your presence in her life. Help her see you where no one else does. God, thank you for enhancing her vision, so she readily recognizes your treasures and fill her heart gratitude for your faithfulness. Thank you for helping her overcome any seemingly unovercomeable circumstances, and change her mindset so she can discover her true potential in you. Grant her the courage and strength to walk where you direct her, even if it seems uncomfortable, awkward, ridiculous, or strange to the rest of the world. Help her to go places other people aren’t willing to go for you. Amen.
You are a treasure. God loves you.
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