Trash to Treasure
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all. He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken. Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. Psalm 34: 17-22 (NRSV)
Along the coast of Maine, artisans were selling jewelry made from sea glass, which begins as bottles or glass left on the shore as trash. Over time, they are broken into pieces and become softened, frosted gems that are then reclaimed by artisans. Each piece of the glass is one of a kind, just like each person uniquely created by God.
After talking to an artist about sea glass, Robert K. Abel, from Maryland, realized that if broken pieces of glass can be transformed into prized treasures, God can do even more for any of us who feel broken, lost, or crushed in spirit. No matter how broken we might be, God sees the good in each of us. When we are willing, God can soften sharp edges and sand away our flaws so that we become works of art, shining forth the beauty God created in us.
If a discarded piece of trash from the sea can be transformed into something of value, think how much more value God places on rescuing each of us - God's children.
The key phrase in this story is "When we are willing..."
Prayer: Dear God, through the power of Your presence, transform us to new life now and forever, in Jesus' name, amen.