When picking through shells on the shores of the beach, the odd one or two pieces of sea glass may catch your attention. And why wouldn’t they? In their vast array of colours and the way they reflect the sun’s rays, the sea glass pieces are so beautiful; often used in mosaics or jewellery.
Interestingly, sea glass endures a long process to be made into the smooth and frosty jewel that we find ashore on our beaches. Taking from around 20 – 30 years, this process completely transforms these sharp broken pieces of glass into something of beauty, purely by the movement of the waves and sand.
Our hearts in response to Jesus acts in the same way.
Before Jesus Christ comes into our lives, we are like the original pieces of glass that lay on the beach. Our hearts have sharp edges. We seek destruction and ruin, entangled in sin and human desire.
By the breathtaking grace and mercy of God, the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, like the waves of the ocean. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, like the tossing and the turning of the waves, our hearts are transformed from the original sharp and broken pieces of glass into a smoothed jewel.
Ezekiel 36:26 reads,
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
Let’s face it, we are ALL imperfect. We are ALL constantly consumed by our sinful, human desires. We are ALL broken. However, the brokenness of our hearts, through the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, can be softened into a spectacle of beauty because of the grace and mercy God has for us. How amazing!!
Through accepting Jesus into our lives, we are given a new heart, not of stone, but of flesh in which we can be used in the mosaic of God’s story. Amen!