I am fascinated by people who can create beautiful things out of old junk. I think it takes talent to look at something old and ragged, and see potential for something completely different. As first-time homeowners of a fixer-upper we sort of had to become those people, because we could not afford to just gut our entire house and start anew. It is actually very rewarding to accomplish something like this, even just using a few coats of paint to change our built-in bookshelves and dark wood paneling brightened the whole room. We took something dark and dreary and made it shine bright.
The ocean is a powerful thing, and it too can turn old junk into some gorgeous masterpieces. To me, one of the prettiest things that the ocean creates out of our trash is sea glass. It takes old broken glass bottles and debris from shipwrecks, and tumbles them for long periods at a time until they come out looking softly faded, with blunt rounded edges, showing just a touch of clouded color, only slightly reminiscent of what it used to be. Sea glass can be found in so many colors, shapes, and sizes. It is hard to find natural sea glass at the beach but when you do, it’s like you’ve found treasure. Sea glass is an amazing thing to decorate with, especially in a coastal home. I love colored glass of any kind–mosaics, jars, bottles, vases–but my absolute favorite kind of glass to decorate with is sea glass. Here are a few of the many glass items from around our coastal home..
This amazing transformation goes deeper than the material things in life. Straight out of Isaiah 61:3 one of God’s most amazing gifts to us is “…to give unto them beauty for ashes…” a promise to turn a crappy situation into a beautiful thing. Something we can grow from, learn from, and benefit from. We are the broken pieces of glass bottles, lost at sea with no real sense of where we belong. We are sharp, jagged, and only tiny pieces of something that once seemed whole. In His ocean, God takes us and tumbles us around a bit, and then a bit more, until we finally become the beautiful masterpieces we were meant to be. This takes a lot of time, and a lot of work. It does not just happen over night. Good things always take time, but in the end are so worth it. How can we help to speed up this process? We have to make the best of every situation, no matter how hard it may be. We need people in our lives to uplift us and help us out when we can’t see past our current problems, and if we cannot do it ourselves, we just need to ask for a little help from above. We need to have a little faith and believe that we too, no matter how broken, can become sea glass.