PASTOR'S PEN: Shards of glass

You’ve probably had this experience. You’re going for an evening walk down the sidewalk or through the park and a glimmer off to the side catches your eye. You walk over and notice that someone has smashed a bottle, leaving shards of glass on the ground. A glass bottle that once served a purpose and could have even been washed and reused now lies before you in worthless pieces. And those shiny, sharp objects are not merely trash occupying the street, but possible cuts to a curious child or a barefoot teenager. They could easily end up harming someone else.

But they need not be. I once watched a man on television go along the streets, parks and riversides to gather up those pieces of glass. He would pick up brown glass, clear glass, green glass, red and blue glass and various other assortments of colors. He would then take them home and place them carefully within a framed area. Shards of glass that were once useful bottles that had become worthless, broken pieces were now made into a beautiful work of art. A creative mind had taken something that was worth nothing and made it valuable.

That is what God does with us. He is a God who is cultured. He expects only perfect holiness; however, He is also a wild man of sorts, a creative genius. He knows that perfection will never happen on its own. So He, in His wisdom and great mercy, takes lives broken by secret sin and sordid pasts and, using His creative mind, makes them into something magnificent and holy. He takes what many deem to be worthless and useless and forms the most valuable and amazing piece of art you could ever imagine.

“So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” (Jeremiah 18:3-4)

Cannot the creative Creator God do the same with your life that is marred by a troubled past and present sin? Hope in the One who transforms what is old into something new (2 Corinthians 5:17)