Many admire the beauty of glass, its colors sparkling. Stepping stones, with embedded glass, decorate gardens. Stained-glass windows inspire awe and reverence.
To make the stained-glass, the artist first breaks the glass, leaving tiny splinters and sharp edges. Next, she grinds the edges smooth. Once shaped and smoothed, the artist solders the pieces together to create a stained-glass window. After the stained-glass is completed, its beauty is far greater than the original uncut glass. The artist transforms the glass into a work of art, matching the image seen in her mind.
Like the artist, God forms us into his image, creating our unique stained-glass. Before crafting us, God sees the finished product—more beautiful than we can imagine. Just as the artist arranges the glass, so God shapes us. This may not always be pleasant, but God, our designer and artist, completes the work he has begun. The more we yield to his touch, the more his light shines through. Someday all the jagged edges of our lives will be smoothed by God’s touch; someday he will shape us into his perfect work of art, allowing his love to softly glow through the colors of our lives.
May he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13: 21b (NIV)
Father, thank you for the work you are creating in me. Thank you for grinding my edges smooth and forming me into your image.
How has God been smoothing out your edges lately?