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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Like sea glass, perseverance produces authenticity

by Pam Roth
James 1:2 – 6, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, but he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

A couple of years ago, we drove to a nearby community to take in their annual Seafood Festival.  We were all excited about our outing…the sun was shining, there was a nice breeze coming off the Gulf, and frankly, we love to eat seafood.

As soon as we entered the ticket gate, we could sense the excitement that a festival creates.  Food vendors were encouraging people to stop and try their delectable seafood dishes.  People were laughing and relaxing.  Families were together playing and shopping at vendor booths.  The air was filled with music by jazz and blues musicians and we were taking it all in.

While we were walking through the vendors’ tents, we admired the artwork by some of the local artists.  One artist had taken sea glass and created beautiful images framed in old wooden windows.  I was drawn in particular to one of the windows.  The artist chose a palette of various shades of turquoise blue.  The colors were refreshing, calming, and inviting and as we walked away, I had this thought… “Our lives are much like sea glass.”

Some of us seem to be as common as a soda bottle and others are as rare and delicate as a piece of Depression glass or a fine piece of China but all of us have value.  Although, we are all unique by our color, size, and shape, most if not all of us have one thing in common…we have been tossed around in the waves of a disturbing sea of trials and buffed by the sands and pressures of life that transform us into something beautiful.  Through perseverance, what was is no longer.  We are constantly changing and hopefully for the better.  

Now here’s the tricky part about buying a piece of artwork made from sea glass… “How can you tell if it is authentic?”  Well, the first clue is usually the price.  Depending on how rare the color might be, the greater the cost.  Did you know that orange sea glass is only found in one out of 10,000 pieces of sea glass.  Secondly, what was the process in which the sea glass was polished?  Did the glass go through all of the natural elements of rough seas, major storms, and deep, dark, and cold ocean waters or was the glass tumbled in a rock tumbler by some manufacturer of artificial sea glass?  Only the master collector can see the scars and depressions etched into the authentic sea glass.

Just like the process that genuine sea glass goes through, there is no short cut to authenticity for us.  Only the Master can create a beautiful and genuine image from our lives.  We are valuable and He loves us.  He, like the sea glass artist, wants to help us find a place that is inviting, calming, and refreshing to our soul.

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1 comment:

  1. I love the part: we have been tossed around in the waves of a disturbing sea of trials and buffed by the sands and pressures of life that transform us into something beautiful. Very uplifting! Thank you!

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