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A Beautiful Change

Mindy was walking along the beach near her grandmother’s home on the Jersey Shore. She noticed a glint of color in the sand. Bending over, she picked up what looked like a light-blue stone. It had irregular edges and an almost see-through appearance. “Look at this, Grandma.”

Her grandmother peered at it. “Oh, you found a piece of sea glass! I’ve been collecting those for years.”

Mindy turned it over in her hand. “What’s sea glass?” Her grandma replied, “They’re pieces of broken bottle that get tumbled over the sand by the waves. Eventually their edges are smoothed and they get that frosty look. I’ve found many different colors.”

Mindy handed her the piece. “Here, you can add this to your collection.” Smiling, her grandmother said, “Thanks, dear. I’ll show you my big jar full of sea glass when we get back. It’s very pretty. I think it’s amazing how the ocean can turn broken bottles into something so lovely!”

Like the ocean, God can create beauty out of brokenness. Even in the worst situations, he changes sadness and despair into hope and joy. When you’re grieving and heartbroken, lean on God. Trust him to make this beautiful change in you. In time he’ll turn your tearful face into one that’s smiling and bright.

Bible Verse: [Lord,] you turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.Psalm 30:11

Words to Treasure: “I will turn their mourning into gladness,” ... declares the Lord.Jeremiah 31:13-14

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