Tumbled to Treasure - Seaglass
by karen c. davis-solomon
(Bakersfield, CA, USA)
TUMBLED TO TREASURE
I remain amazed at this wonderful world we live in and God’s ability to teach us when we least expect it. Even seaglass can be used to teach a lesson. Put upon my heart while collecting these “gems”, I became aware of the comparison between us, our lives and seaglass.
The simplest lesson first is a reminder of diversity. Just as seaglass comes in many shapes, sizes and colors...so do we. Seaglass becomes this treasure through tumbling. Life is always sending obstacles our way. These “tumblings” shape us and strengthen our faith. Now, there are a few pieces that make it ashore still rough and sharp around the edges. Unfortunately, it’s the same with those hearts that have hardened...choosing to hold onto bitterness.
While choosing my favorites or the “perfect piece”, I am gently urged to recall the many times in life that I’ve done so with others...quick to judge or label. Tumblings have worn away or smoothed these labels so we are finally content to just accept ourselves and others for what is now and not what we or they may have done or been in the past.
Markings and labels are still evident on some pieces of seaglass, making the origin obvious. Or is it really so obvious? Just as we are all creations of God before the world gets a hold of us, seaglass also begins as a creation. Man takes sand and heats it, molds it, creating something. Then he casts it away as trash. So does life take us, tumble us around and cast us off.
But we find comfort in the promise that God reclaims His creation. He watches over our tumblings, using them to mold His masterpiece.