All that Glitters

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“Wisdom is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.” — Proverbs 3:15 (NKJV)

I must admit, I am rather pleased with the photo that accompanies today’s #TuesdayTopic. What do you think of it? Looks beautiful, doesn’t it? Colourful? Precious even?

But you know, all that glitters is not gold. It started life as a scrumpled piece of scrap cellophane, an empty wrapper that was thrown away, in front of an old piece of bubble wrap which was in front of my computer screen with a white background. The initial colours you see in the original photograph was produced by using a polarising filter, in a process known as photoelasticity. Not content with the original effect, I took to various photo enhancing software programmes to bring out the colours even more, and the end result is quite extraordinary, don’t you think? You could not imagine that a plain and ordinary piece of discarded plastic could be made to look quite extraordinary.

But, you know, that’s what God does every day! He takes the most broken, the cast-offs, those who feel rubbished, those who feel crumpled and disregarded, and turns their lives into something remarkable. He makes beauty out of ashes, He makes precious those who feel worthless, He restores lives from the dour and the dismal to the extraordinary and the beautiful.

Not everything that glitters is gold, and it is sad to see that we often crave and chase after those things that seem precious to us, but are in fact worth less than they appear and often turn out to be truly worthless. Perhaps we, like the proverb says, should be seeking wisdom rather than rubies; we should be seeking the wisdom of God rather than the wealth of the world. When we find God, that’s when our lives are truly transformed into something extraordinary and beautiful.

May we pray: Thank You, Lord, that you transform the worthless into the worthy; Thank You, heavenly Father, that you transform us from being broken and rubbished into something quite extraordinary and beautiful. In the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.


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