One of the things I like to pick up on the beach is sea glass. To me, it looks like sugar coated candy, and makes a beautiful addition to my seashells. I have friends who are artist and use it to make beautiful jewelry. If you ever find one of these frosted beauties, just know that even though it’s just a piece of broken glass, it has been tumbled in the ocean for many years, and its rough and cutting edge has become smoothed. The similarities between us and a broken piece of glass are remarkable. Before Christ, we were broken and thrown away, but He saw the beauty in our brokenness, and picked us up and began refining us with His Word. It is a long process of tumbling in the currents, and can take twenty to forty years for glass to become smooth and get a frosted appearance; those of us who are collectors know this and regard them as precious. Just like pure gold, we are being refined, and are precious in the sight of God.
And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’” Zechariah 13:9