I feel as if I have found treasure when I see that gleaming colorful piece of glass nestled in the sand! The beaches of California are especially good for their discovery. In their original form, I would not look at them twice. After all, they are just shards of glass bottles or tableware. But after years and years of being broken up and tumbled by the waves, they lose their rough edges and become smooth. Gone is the normal sheen of glass as it is replaced by a frosty appearance. Now they are worthy of being a piece of art or jewelry!
Today’s verse describes the life of Paul. He was persecuted, thrown in jail, shipwrecked, and beaten. Through all of this he was never crushed, in despair, abandoned or destroyed. He calls his experiences, “light momentary troubles” (verse 17). He does not lose heart because he believes they are achieving for him “an eternal glory.” Rather than focusing on what he is going through, he sees what God is producing in him.
Whoever said that life was easy has not lived very long! Being a follower of Christ does not guarantee me a smooth ride. I am tossed around and pounded by the waves just as much as everyone else. My sure hope is that He is producing something meaningful and beautiful through all the negative. Knowing He is in control and that His control is good, keeps me from despair. There will be no punishing pounding waves in Heaven. All my rough edges will be gone and I will be complete!
Thank you Lord, that I can trust what You are doing in my life.