Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Are you tumbling?

Dear Friend,

One of the things we like to do is to walk the beach. Believe it or not, we do not do it for exercise, but to look for beach glass. Some call it sea glass.

What is beach glass? Well, obviously it is small pieces of glass found on the shore. Usually found in gravel on the beach they are of a variety of colors. For example, green would be from glass coke bottles, brown from beer bottles, white from Pepsi Cola, etc. There are many colors from various glass objects, like cups, dishes, etc. Here is a collected assortment.

For some of you who are not "with me" in this illustration, let me explain. Beach glass originates from bottles or glass ware. When one throws a bottle overboard it naturally sinks to the bottom right? In time it gets broken by the rough waters created by storms. As it rolls back and forth on the ocean floor it breaks up more...and by rolling back and forth over years it is finally deposited on the shore.

One asked, "What makes the glass so beautiful?" Well the answer, of course, is the abrasives of the sand, rocks... in other words, the constant tumbling.

So, my friend in your life there has been and no doubt is abrasives. These abrasives come through people and things and circumstances. They have a way of transforming people, believe it or not.

Pain, suffering, various hardships are not really asked for, nor wanted, but they are a part of life. You may be passing through "life's refining tumbler" now.

Remember even in it, "God is our refuge, a very present help in trouble." (Psa. 9:9)

So, my prayer for you, my on-line reader, is:

Lord, I ask that this one truly know Your presence in perhaps a most difficult time. May they have faith further to know that when such passes, they will come forth beautiful, just as the polished glass tossed upon the shore. Through it all may they learn to trust You and to know You are making something beautiful out of it all.

In Jesus' name.


Blessings and love,
Neal and Nancy Carlson

Words for Courageous Living


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