Polished Shells

Shells found on a California beach.

Walking the Beach
I walked the beach enjoying moments of spiritual solitude and inner peace. Rhythmic waves crashed upon the shore. The powerful ocean waves deposited shells and I began to pick them up and examine them, thinking about my life.

My thoughts moved back and forth from praying to pondering all that had recently taken place in my life – a new marriage, combining households, recovering from health issues, four new grandchildren, and my son’s suicide. The raw pain that engulfed me was numbing, but I knew God was real and somehow would get me through all the turmoil.

I bent down once again, picking up another sea shell examining it for imperfections and marveled at how smooth and shiny it was. At that moment the Holy Spirit impressed a thought upon me, almost conversational like.

Rough Edges
“Do you know why those shells have such a beautiful sheen? It is due to the beating they take in the waves. They are tossed and turned again and again in the coarse grit of the sand. That shell you hold once had some rough edges and bumps. It wasn’t so bright and shiny. I created the beauty you admire by taking it through the turbulence. I will do the same with you if you allow me to polish off your rough edges. You too will shine.”

Promise of Hope
As I meditated on that promise, tears of joy streamed down my face. God would transform me. There was peace in the midst of pain. “Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17, CSB).

Radiance comes from a spirit at peace.

manette Kay

Radiant Sheen
Though this event happened over a decade ago, I still remember the lessons God taught me. Now during the current world situation, this may be a relevant teaching for all. How will God use the turbulence of present events?

On beaches, one can easily spot numerous shells that are broken fragments of what they once were. Will we become pulverized or can we make it through the waves of change, having our rough edges smoothed and polished?

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV).

For Further Study

Read 2 Corinthians 3:7-4:18 several times taking note of the hope Paul speaks of.
Are you aware of rough edges in your life? Are you sensing God smooth them through the grit of life challenges and trials? Will you express gratitude for His work?

Father God, thank You for this moment in time. I will trust you. Take off my rough edges. Give me the strength and endurance to make it through the process without being destroyed. Lord, make me shine as you polish me under the touch of Your handiwork.

Moses’ face was radiant after he was in Your presence, Lord. Put in me a desire to bask in Your presence, the way I take pleasure in the warmth and light of the sun. I pray others will see Your light on my countenance because of the grace and mercy You have given. You are worthy of all praise.

Author Bio
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About page if you want to read more of my story.

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