Sea Glass …

“Sea glass is glass found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted shards of glass.” {source}

I love sea {beach} glass. In fact, every time we are at the beach, I find my eyes scanning the ground with the hope of finding one little gem. I love the colors, the smooth feel, the odd shapes, and the story that comes with each piece. Though I will not really ever know the true story, it is fun to think about the possibilities. Collecting beach glass really seems so silly. It is trash. I wouldn’t be thrilled about picking up a piece of broken glass off of the street, but I somehow can’t deny it if it happens to be hidden between the rocks and the sand at the beach. Why is that?

While praying with a friend about some upcoming events in her life, I kept thinking of beach glass and smooth stones. I couldn’t help but speak up. “I know this may sound odd, but I see you as a piece of beach glass.” Once upon a time, you were tossed in the waters, quite unsure of what might happen to you. Over time you washed up on shore and had to endure the crashing waves, over and over again. There were moments that you felt like giving up because the pain was just too much. Or, you wanted so desperately to get yourself back out to the open water where you didn’t have the constant pounding against you. And yet, you remained. You stood firm on the promise that you will be taken care of. “And just look at you. Refined. A woman of perseverance. A gem. You are valuable. Beautiful.”

Pain and hardship are miserable. We will do almost anything to keep it away. Yet it is through pain that we are refined. We change. We grow. We are somehow strengthened. It is uncomfortable. So uncomfortable. For example, I am training for my first {sprint} triathlon. There are days that I simply don’t want to work that hard. I don’t want to get in the pool or run that long or ride my bike. My body hurts, it aches. But I push through and at the end of the workout, I feel stronger. I rest knowing that I am a little more prepared today than I was the day before. I think hardship is the same way. While we desire to escape it, we come out stronger than we were before. This isn’t without tears or some “Why God?” moments. Even Jesus before he died said, “Father, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours.”

So what does this have to do with beach glass? I see my life and the life of my friend as a little piece of beach glass. We aren’t always sure how we will survive different circumstances in our lives. We think we will break under the constant crashing of disappointments, hardships, and trials. But, if a piece of discarded trash can become something beautiful and valuable, I have to believe my Creator is doing much the same with me. He is refining me. Smoothing the rough edges. Softening the exterior that can cut and be dangerous. He values me and with the break of each wave, I am becoming more of who I was created to be. And you are too.

Blessings,

KC

 

 

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69 Responses to Sea Glass …

  1. Melody says:

    That is amazing and beautiful thank you for sharing!

  2. Kathi says:

    Thanks for this. Your entries are a blessing.

  3. Pam K says:

    Hi K.C. I am here via Emily’s blog. What an awesome word of encouragement. Just what I needed to start my weekend. I should be good and smooth by the time this season of my life is over.

  4. Jenny says:

    thank you for sharing these inspirational words today! I have had one of those tough “mommy” weeks and I truly do believe the Lord is making me (and my children) stronger, better people. Take care 🙂

  5. Lovely, lovely, lovely. And profound in the simplicity of the principles presented. Thank you!

  6. Laura says:

    Thank you for such lovely encouragement. We have been going through a season of “crashing waves” and though I know the Lord is working good for us in it, it is so hard to see it from under the waves! I might have to go buy some beach glass today to remind me of the beauty that is to come! (We live in Ft. Worth- there is no beach to comb!)
    Excited to read the rest of your blog today. Blessings!

  7. Kelly says:

    Wow! love this piece, and it is so true how we are being refined through the difficulties…and it IS hard.
    Came over from Emily’s blog. You have a lovely “place” here.
    kelly in georgia

  8. I’m visiting via Emily’s blog. Thank you for this beautiful analogy and reminder that sea glass is beautiful because of the storms, and so are we.

  9. I love your analogy. It’s so true. I posted a poem called The Oak Tree that is very similar. It brought me peace after I had my first miscarriage. Here is the link if you would like to read it: http://therealhousewivesofidaho.blogspot.com/2011/04/oak-tree.html
    Have a blessed day!
    Kerstin

  10. Sarah Jane says:

    Found your blog thru Emily…loved this post…thank you for sharing your gift…I look forward to reading more posts in the future.
    SJ

  11. Emily says:

    Beautiful, amazing post! It’s so, so true to think of ourselves as beach glass. This post made me cry, because I truly believe that the experience of infertility has made me that piece of sea glass you’re talking about. Through the heartache and hardships, God was forming us into strong, resilient people. Thank you for the beautiful message!

  12. Thank you for sharing, that was beautiful.

  13. Andrea Yliniemi says:

    You have no idea how much I needed to “hear” this today! Thank you K.C.!

  14. Noelani says:

    K.C.,
    Thank you for this post. I am here via Emily’s blog and am so happy she shared yours. I really needed to read that today. Blessings!

  15. Tracy Nix says:

    Thank you. (found you via Emily’s blog)

  16. Beth says:

    I,too love searching for beach glass. Thanks for sharing a lovely story!

  17. Words I needed to hear this very day in fact. If you only knew… wow, and thank you.

    Blessings,
    Sasha

  18. Holli says:

    Came from Emily’s site…Thank you. I needed this. And I shared with someone else who would need it.

  19. Cynthia Comeaux says:

    A beautiful analogy for the refining fire of God in our lives. I’m glad I came over from Emily’s blog today to meet you. I’m Cynthia, 55, 13 year home school veteran of two kids (one who has Down syndrome), currently planning my daughter’s wedding, and the wife of a man who loves the Lord completely. I’m a California native very happily ensconced in the great state of Texas! Keep writing K.C. ~ your post honors and glorifies our Lord!

  20. Tammy says:

    Came over via Emily’s blog because I was moved by the story of your friendship and I am so glad I did. I needed to hear about the sea glass today. I feel tired and need to be reminded there is a reason for the hardship. I may get my sea glass out and back out on the mantel for a visual reminder. Thank you!

    Tammy

  21. I can so relate to this post and loved your analogy. I pick beach glass all Summer at a large lake located in the town where our cabin is. I just love each treasure I find in the sand and/or amongst the rocks. Each piece of beach glass is like a personal gift to me from Jesus. Others are oblivious to these beautiful and free treasures, but I count each one as special. My husbsnd and daughter think I have enough after six years of picking this small public beach, but the enjoyment and fun of the hunt keeps me in the search. I love when I find shades of lavender and gorgeous variety of shades of aquas. Oh, what joy fills my soul… I also search for heart shaped rocks and each one is a gift and a love token and reminder of my beloved Mother, whom is now with the Lord. Love these free gifts, and the comfort and beauty they provide me personally. 🙂
    I also pick the sharp glad pieces and throw them away, do that others don’t get cut while enjoying this beach, so that is a positive as well.
    Came today by way of Emily’s blog, and am so glad she prompted us to do so.
    Be blessed…

  22. arlene f says:

    This is a beautiful post…..
    Thank you for sharing – I was/am incredibly moved and will be reading it over again a few times to take in all the emotions it has stirred. I need this…..
    hugs

  23. Julie D. says:

    Hey KC! Here from Emily’s blog. Fellow APU’er…we were acquaintances! Loved this post. Such a great reminder that He is using each life experience whether hard or joyful to be molded by him. Oh, how it hurts sometimes…but so beautiful in the end. Thanks for the encouragement. On another note, good luck on your sprint. I’m not a tri girl but I do run and my blog is mostly about that. I have several running and triathalon blogs in my sidebar for motivation!! Good luck! Have a great day, KC.

  24. Julie D. says:

    PS. I’ll have to put together a list of “triathalon” blogs for you. I realized most of mine are more ‘running’ focused. There are tons out there.

  25. Karen says:

    I found your blog through Emily too. This post was especially fitting to me as I have a dear friend on Facebook who is battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right now. This post is so perfect to describe how she must feel as the seas of the unknown sweep over her and leave her feeling broken and hopeless at times. I am keeping this post so I can share it with her when she needs some encouragement. Thank you for saying just the perfect things. 🙂 – Karen

  26. Jen says:

    This post is something we can all relate to because we all have to endure some form of pain throughout our lifetime. And we are better because of it! Thank you so much for this beautiful and touching post as it brought a tear to my eye but made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Best of luck to you in your sprint tri 🙂

  27. With slight tears, I thank you for your post.

  28. Julee Sackett says:

    What a wonderful spiritual analogy!

  29. Becky says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful post. I am here via Emily! God uses good and bad situations to mold us into the person He wants us to be…I will always think of your words when I see sea glass…which I dearly love! Thanks and blessings to you~

  30. Dawn says:

    Beautiful!!! I came upon this after reading today’s post from your “best friend”. 🙂

  31. dkc says:

    kc, i just subscribe to your site. i really enjoyed reading your sea glass entry. i feel that is me. i am 58 years old, divorced and have some rough times but i feel i have been grown stronger from all of it. i always try to find some good in the bad. when my dad died in my arms in ’97 at the hospital, i got to see an angel born. when i had my fire later in ’97, i was actually a human torch my clothes were on fire and all was lost, except my daughter and i got everyone out of apartment complex and nobody but me had any injuries, my skin is splotchy but no bad scars and my hair grew back. then i had an accident in 2000 and became paralyzed in left leg, doctor did surgery and other than some numbness i walk without even the slightest limp. then in 2003 i had another accident and the doctor that did my surgery on my hand (left hand, thank God i am right handed) i ended up having complications and a specialist in houston did 2 more surgeries due to gangrene and even though my hand is pretty much useless, he the houston doctor saved my arm after a 8 hour surgery, i still have my hand and arm which the doctor warned me of big possibility of amputation above the elbow, i still have my arm and i can hold a purse in crook of elbow and i can hold keys on my fingers(although i don’t feel them) but most importantly i can cradle my grandkids head in my bend in my arm….
    i have also lost everything in hurricane rita but you know it is just material, i’ve lost it before in fire, i came back stronger and i can never lose the memories just the material things are gone……
    so when i wake up every morning and put my feet on the ground, i am thankful for all i have. oh and with only one useful hand/’arm i landed a job after hand surgery as a salesperson in a upscale department store. i asked the lady at interview to at least let me try and do the job and if i wasn’t working out just tell me and i would leave no questions. well, i have been there 4 years today and i am helping to train the newest employees that come in as new hires. so i am a testament that you can do anything if you have enough faith, hope and perseverance and hard work. thank you for your inspiring words……dkc

    • K.C. says:

      Thank you for sharing your story with me. It sounds like you have endured much, but that your faith and perseverance have sustained you. God bless you.

  32. tiffany says:

    Hi – this REALLY met my heart today! Such encouragement as I am going through some major crashing lately – the pain is so hard and you are right I want to just run and ignore it but I know I can’t – i must face it!

    i too clicked over here from sweet Emily. Love how this blog world connects to those who can be a source of encouragment and minister through their words. Thanks again for your works. Hoping your day is being filled with His joy! xoTiffany

  33. rachel says:

    What a beautiful post!! Your writing is amazing. Thanks!!
    I also collect sea glass. I hope you have a great weekend!!

  34. Stephanie says:

    I found your blog through a post from your BFF. Thank you for writing this message. It is just what I need to hear right now. I am going through a really difficult time in my marriage and I am ready to give up. I am tired of being hurt and tired of worrying and tired of giving “just one more chance”. I am still not sure what the future holds, but I am encouraged that God is right here and He just may choose to better me through this difficult situation. Thanks again from your newest subscriber.

    • K.C. says:

      Stephanie, Thank you for your comment. Praying for you and for God’s wisdom as you start each new day. For more encouragement, read Ephesians 3:14-21

  35. Kristen says:

    Beautiful and very timely words. I found you through Emily’s blog.

  36. susan says:

    i came over from Jones and i’m so happy that i did. i agree the hardships change you. as tough as life may be i believe you do come out better for it, it’s just hard to see while you are in it. blessings to you, susan

  37. Pat says:

    A beautiful post! Made my eyes leak ~

    I stopped by from Emily’s and so grateful to be able to read this.

    Pat

  38. Gail Harlin says:

    I leave tomorrow for the Gulf Shores with my husband for a family vacation/wedding. I always anticipate how the Lord will speak to me as I relax and meditae in the wonder of His glorious creation and in His word. He just gave me a jumpstart this time with thoughts and encouragement through you , sent by my Creator.
    With my mom’s passing this April, the waves have been crashing over me. But God’s voice* was even louder as He shaped and tumbled me for his service. His voice echos over the sea and he is tumbler of all the broken fragile things which he shapes into a work of art.
    Thanks for your thougths.
    P.S I love collecting beach glass too and this trip I hope to find some to be reminded of your words and His shaping of me this past year!!
    *Ps. 29:3-4 and Ps. 93:34
    Gail

  39. Melanie Schmidt says:

    Thank you for speaking from your heart. This was very encouraging. I forward this on to my sister -in-law just now. My family a few weeks ago experienced a life changing accident. My beautiful niece’s both were burned to the face, arms, neck and legs during a dumb attempt to get a fire going to roast marshmellows. Anyways, they both are just child. Brooklyn 2 and Addison who is 4 years old. Brooklyn has been home since day two after the accident. She is healing really well with the touch of our amazing Father and Healer. Addison has been in Harborview in Seattle and had her first surgery this morning. My brother and his wife have been leaning on God during this hard time. It’s been amazing to see Him working through them reach others, who have never met anyone of them. It’s great to see God’ strength through little Addie and her parents. This post is just another way to find strength and encouragement which God must have led me to.
    Thank you very much for you wise and encouraging words.
    God bless

  40. Tori says:

    What a true, beautiful parallel. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Allison says:

    Just what I needed to hear today when I found out my huz was not selected for another job. After 4 months of searching, I am getting downtrodden, but I know God is refining us. I have been listening to “Blessings” by Laura Story which says….”What if Your blessings come through raindrops? What if Your healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights are what is takes to know You’re near? What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?”

    • K.C. says:

      I LOVE that song. I listen to it a lot. It is so easy to get discouraged, but when we are able to fix our eyes on eternity, we can find peace amidst the storm. I’ll pray your hubby is able to find work soon. Blessings to you.

  42. michelle says:

    Loved reading this post and look forward to reading many more…found you via Emily. These words were much needed today. thank you!!!

  43. patty says:

    visiting from emily’s… your blog is beautiful, and i love your photos of sea glass… i’m a collector of, too. and your analogy is perfect… that we would be made beautiful in our challenges and struggles.
    lovely.
    xo

  44. kelly says:

    emily says hi! that was just beautiful!

  45. Henah says:

    This is lovely, and so beautifully written. Just what I needed to read. Thank you.

  46. Angie says:

    I have not been able to get your analogy out of my mind since i read it two days ago…and just wanted to say thank you for that! So beautiful.

  47. Hayden says:

    This past week I suffered a miscarriage of my baby girl at 17 weeks. I’ve had a lot of ‘why God’ moments over the last 2 weeks. Thank you for your post…it blessed me and spoke directly to me.

    • K.C. says:

      Hayden, I am so sorry for your loss. Bless you for sharing your story with me. I have endured two miscarriages myself and while I don’t know exactly the way you feel, I do know that the process takes time. Praying peace and comfort over you as you walk this journey. Here is a post I wrote a while back with regards to our “princess”. Blessings.

  48. charis says:

    good reminder. our little house of prayer community is going through some very tough things and even when it is so difficult to see straight in the middle of stuff and i just want it to end and say, “why God, why?!” i must believe that He really is being truthful when He says He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

    i think the goal is keeping a heart that is soft and teachable in the midst of the difficulties because trials do not automatically make us more like Him – we have to be willing to let Him mold us. trials can either soften our hearts or harden our hearts – draw us into the arms of God or drive us away from Him. i want to be a piece of sea glass that becomes more beautiful and allows Him to soften me.

    my recent post: dear simeon

  49. Robin says:

    Thank you for sharing this touching piece. Reading it brought me a feeling of peace, of respite from the storms of life.

  50. Amber says:

    Thank you so much. Really needing some words of encouragement today. Have so much respect for someone who can put such beautiful words in writing.

  51. paige says:

    so beautiful
    ( visiting from your bff’s)…ya’ll are so lucky to have each other. you’re both awesome!

  52. LLH Designs says:

    Your words are precious. I can see why Emily calls you her best friend. Who wouldn’t want to to hear such precious, honest, Godly words?!?!

    I love hunting for sea glass…and love all of the illustrations that go with it. Your post reminded me a wee bit of one I wrote a few months ago:

    http://www.llhdesignsblog.com/2011/05/broken-things.html

    Blessings to you!
    Linsey

  53. Patty says:

    We can all use the polishing. Our lives are much softer and sweeter when God buffs us out..

  54. Jane says:

    Thank you for this post, and also to your friend at Jones Design Company, whose blog I follow, and who referred all to your site. Your words express how I feel right now; I, too, have a strong connection with the beach, and love to search for those bits of sea glass. I guess I never thought of myself, and my journey, as analogous to one, until now!

  55. Kristin says:

    Hey, KC! Beautiful analogy and one that I think we all can relate to! It’s never easy to be in the midst of the struggle but I can honestly say I have never wanted to return to the way I was before. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Nadya Kolosey says:

    wow…this left me speechless because every word was nothing but the truth.

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