UGLY JUNK

For eight months I was blessed to live in an apartment on one of the northernmost beaches of Massachusetts. I watched the Atlantic Ocean change every day. The heartbeat of the sea was sometimes calm with small waves lapping against the sand like a lake. Sometimes those waves were angry and frantic, especially during the epic storm named “Sandy.” Even the color of the sea changed from day to day depending on the sky of blue, grey, or spotted with white puffy clouds.

IMG_1295b

Although I was safe in my shelter watching those violent storms, I certainly recognized the power of the waves as they pounded the shore, and I was constantly thankful for God’s laws in commanding the waves to keep a boundary, lest they overtake the earth! (Job 38:8-11)

While walking along the beach after the most violent of storms, I was disgusted at the “garbage” that was regurgitated from the turbulent sea. It is one thing to know that we, as humans, have violated our oceans with waste, but also to realize some of the items “thrown up” were from shipwrecks where lives were lost.

On that day of seeing and smelling “garbage” I also found beautiful pieces of sea glass, tossed to smooth perfection.

What a contrast, I thought, and so like our lives.

In our life experiences we suppress years of “ugly junk” deep in our innermost being. When the ”junk” is stirred up it comes out in anger, sadness and depression. Like those one time broken pieces of glass, jagged and ugly, we are confronted with the sharp edges of our lives. We can either push the sharp edges back down until the pain becomes unbearable, or we can allow Almighty God to gently toss and tumble the hurts until those experiences are formed into something beautiful. It may take many years, but the process is a release of control…yes, an absolute giving up of those hurts to the Master to knock off the sharp, rough edges and form a one-of-a-kind, beautiful person, who is an example of trust and faith in God.

The sea glass was once a bottle, dish, or maybe a sugar bowl that was useful, but now it is a broken shard that has been refined into a beautiful, colorful, smooth piece that can be made into elegant jewelry or some other art form that pleases the eye!

CSC_0453a

Dear Lord, help us to allow your clean up of the “ugly junk” in our lives and give it over to you to make something lastingly beautiful and useful out of our brokenness. We want to be beautiful on the inside as well as outside so that others will see Your beauty shining through us. Thank you, Lord, that you care enough to take us through the storms of life. Amen.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

A Repost from October 2013 – because it is a good reminder from time to time!

0

342 thoughts on “UGLY JUNK

  1. We all speak a little about what you should speak about when is shows correspondence to simply because Maybe this has much more than one meaning.

  2. I just want to tell you that I am just all new to blogs and absolutely enjoyed this blog. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your website . You absolutely have good articles and reviews. Cheers for revealing your web-site.

  3. The majority of the richest women in the world inherited their money but there are others who have built successful businesses, or even used incredibly wise investing strategies.

  4. Link exchange is nothing else except it is simply placing the other person as blog link on your page at suitable place and other person will also do similar for you.|

  5. Your style is so unique compared to other folks I ave read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you ave got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog.

  6. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Genuinely rarely should i encounter a weblog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you may have hit the nail about the head. Your idea is outstanding; the problem is an element that insufficient persons are speaking intelligently about. I am delighted we came across this during my look for something with this.

  7. Your style is so unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I all just book mark this blog.

  8. wonderful issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader. What would you recommend about your publish that you made some days in the past? Any sure?

  9. Great items from you, man. I’ve bear in mind your stuff prior to and you’re simply too excellent. I actually like what you’ve received right here, certainly like what you’re saying and the best way wherein you are saying it. You are making it entertaining and you still take care of to stay it sensible. I can not wait to learn far more from you. That is really a great site.|

  10. Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I ave read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you ave got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this web site.

  11. This blog is definitely awesome and informative. I have found helluva interesting tips out of this blog. I ad love to go back over and over again. Thanks a bunch!

  12. Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It as on a totally different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Great choice of colors!

  13. This is really interesting, You certainly are a very qualified blogger. I possess joined your rss and enjoy seeking more of one as fantastic post. Also, I have got shared your blog in my myspace!

  14. I simply intend to notify you that I am new to posting and completely admired your work. Very possible I am likely to bookmark your blog post . You definitely have amazing article content. Like it for sharing with us your current domain article

  15. That is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Brief but very precise information Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

  16. Terrific work! This is the type of info that should be shared around the net. Shame on Google for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my web site. Thanks =)

  17. You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren at afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  18. Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I ave been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thank you

  19. Thanks for disclosing the particular brilliant post. A person defined the web link constructing methods remarkably.

  20. I really desire to inform you you that I am new to putting up a blog and extremely valued your review. Probably I am probably to store your blog post . You truly have extraordinary article materials. Truly Appreciate it for expressing with us your main blog document

  21. Heya here, just got familiar with your blog through Search engine, and have found that it is seriously useful. I’ll take pleasure in if you decide to carry on this informative article.

  22. I really want to reveal to you that I am new to having a blog and absolutely enjoyed your site. More than likely I am probably to save your blog post . You literally have great article blog posts. Be Thankful For it for sharing with us your main internet site information

  23. The Silent Shard This could almost certainly be quite useful for a few of the employment I decide to you should not only with my blog site but

  24. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is magnificent, let alone the content!

  25. Wow! This could be one particular of the most helpful blogs We ave ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Great. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.

  26. Usually I do not learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, very great article.

  27. It as hard to find well-informed people in this particular subject, but you sound like you know what you are talking about! Thanks

  28. Might be practically impossible to encounter well-informed viewers on this niche, but you come across as like you be aware of exactly what you’re revealing! Thanks

  29. I think other web-site proprietors should take this web site as an model, very clean and wonderful user genial style and design, as well as the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  30. I really want to share it with you that I am new to writing and clearly enjoyed your information. Very likely I am going to save your blog post . You literally have superb article materials. Appreciate it for sharing with us all of your internet site page

  31. I thought it was going to be some boring old publish, but it really compensated for my time. I will post a link to this page on my blog page. I am sure my visitors will come across that very useful

  32. That is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise info Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

  33. It’s nearly close to impossible to encounter well-advised individuals on this theme, in addition you appear like you be aware of those things you’re talking about! Bless You

  34. It’а†s actually a great and useful piece of information. I am glad that you just shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  35. I really have to share it with you that I am new to putting up a blog and incredibly cherished your post. Quite possibly I am inclined to bookmark your blog post . You simply have stunning article blog posts. Value it for telling with us your favorite domain report

  36. It certainly is almost close to impossible to see well-advised individual on this content, and yet you appear like you fully grasp what exactly you’re indicating! Bless You

  37. Hello here, just became aware of your webpage through Search engine, and realized that it is very useful. I will like if you decide to keep up this.

  38. You’ll find it mostly not possible to find well-informed men or women on this matter, nevertheless you seem like you be aware of whatever you’re preaching about! Regards

  39. What as up, I log on to your new stuff daily. Your story-telling style is witty, keep up the good work!

  40. It is actually practically unattainable to come across well-informed parties on this subject, but you seem like you are familiar with which you’re preaching about! Thanks A Lot

  41. It’s ideal day to create some intentions for the near future. I’ve study this blog entry and if I could, I desire to propose you very few helpful tips and advice.

  42. Where online can a recognized psyciatrist message write-ups (or blogs) for them to end up being popular?

  43. It as hard to come by knowledgeable people on this subject, however, you sound like you know what you are talking about! Thanks

  44. This particular blog is definitely cool as well as amusing. I have discovered many handy tips out of this amazing blog. I ad love to visit it over and over again. Cheers!

  45. You’ll find it practically impossible to come across well-qualified individuals on this area, however, you appear like you fully grasp the things you’re writing on! Regards

  46. Along with every thing which appears to be developing inside this particular area, many of your viewpoints are actually very stimulating. Having said that, I beg your pardon, because I can not give credence to your entire idea, all be it exhilarating none the less. It seems to everybody that your remarks are generally not entirely rationalized and in fact you are yourself not fully convinced of your point. In any event I did enjoy reading it.

  47. After study many of the blog posts for your web site now, and that i really much like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark site list and will also be checking back soon. Pls have a look at my site too and make me aware how you feel.

  48. The particular Amish’s important faith centered idea of Demut “humility”, plainly demonstrates the particular weak spot related to individualism as well as sociable school therefore well-known concerning individuals civilizations and also there exists a matching sturdiness relating to Amish party id.

  49. You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will go along with with your site.

  50. I think this is among the most vital info for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The website style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  51. There are a few intriguing points on time in this post but I don’t know if them all center to heart. There may be some validity but I’m going to take hold opinion until I take a look at it further. Very good write-up , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner in addition

  52. I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty. You are incredible! Thanks!

  53. Tremendous write-up! I truly were pleased with all of the browsing. I’m hoping to view far more of you. I believe that you’ve fabulous information into together with idea. My group is exceptionally empowered utilizing this information and facts.

  54. I was looking at some of your articles on this site and I believe this internet site is really instructive! Keep on posting .

  55. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Genuinely rarely should i encounter a weblog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you may have hit the nail about the head. Your idea is outstanding; the problem is an element that insufficient persons are speaking intelligently about. I am delighted we came across this during my look for something with this.

  56. Thanks , I have recently been looking for info approximately this subject for a long time and yours is the best I’ve discovered till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure concerning the source?

  57. I am now not sure the place you are getting your info, but great topic. I must spend a while learning more or figuring out more. Thanks for magnificent info I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

  58. That is certainly when I commenced contemplating learn how to do anything at once. I commenced rearranging facts on my blog in order to provide my loyal guests the capability to comment and obtain do-follow backlinks and virtually remove all of the automated comment posting as soon as and for all.

  59. UDorPh ugg boots uk ugg boots cheap ugg outlet sale genuine ugg boots ugg boots uk ugg australia pas cher cheap ugg boots sale ugg outlet

  60. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know what you’re talking about! Bookmarked. Please also seek advice from my site =). We will have a hyperlink alternate arrangement between us!

  61. Someone essentially assist to make significantly articles I’d state. That is the first time I frequented your website page and to this point? I’m amazed with the research you made to create this actual put up amazing. Wonderful job!

  62. I simply want to mention I’m newbie to blogging and site-building and actually liked your web-site. Likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You really have really good articles and reviews. Bless you for sharing your web-site.

  63. I just want to say I am beginner to blogging and site-building and absolutely loved this blog site. Almost certainly I’m likely to bookmark your blog post . You certainly come with fabulous writings. Thanks a bunch for sharing your webpage.

  64. On my friend’s blog sites they have included me on their blog site rolls, however mine constantly sits at the end of the list as well as does not list when I post like it provides for others. Is this a setup that I require to change or is this an option that they have made?.

  65. Spot lets start on this write-up, I actually believe this site wants far more consideration. I’ll probably be once again you just read far more, many thanks that information.

  66. I have an interest in making my very own songs blog as well as I’m continuously checking out lots of music blogs throughout the day finding brand-new songs initially before other people that I understand. But how specifically do those blog sites find that songs first? Can I actually start by simply posting the songs I discover on other blog sites?.

  67. If somebody like Julia Roberts or Natalie Portman had an individual blog where they posted pictures of their vacations or something, would certainly you still take them seriously as actors? Do you think stars with individual blog sites are much less reputable as well as taken less seriously than those who do not? In addition, would you visit their blog sites to see what they are up to?.

  68. I’m searching for apparel and style concepts at a reasonable costs for a woman over 25 … Any individual recognize any kind of good websites or blog sites?. Feels like everything I discover is either geared toward teenagers or is remarkably expensive couture … Thanks!.

  69. I’m wanting to check out blog sites consisting of music I such as, but sorting through all the removed, outdated and crap blog sites is a headache. I recognize there are thousands of blogs, exists a good source to look for the favored ones?.

  70. I currently am running 2 blog sites, one is for layout & development as well as I have a pagerank of 4 on it as well as I have loads of excellent articles. And also I have another blog where I have rants, health pointers as well as digital photography … Should I combine them or should I keep it seperate?.

  71. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. A lot of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  72. I discovered your site website on bing and appearance many of your early posts. Preserve within the really good operate. I just now extra increase Rss to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading much more of your stuff afterwards!…

  73. Do you have a blog site? I have a verse blog. =-RRB- If so, what’s your web link so I can inspect it out as well as follow you. =-RRB-. I already have one began. =-RRB-.

  74. I simply want to tell you that I am beginner to blogging and truly savored you’re web page. Very likely I’m want to bookmark your site . You absolutely have perfect posts. Regards for sharing your web-site.

  75. So true. When in our own lives we had to make this decision, tough as it was, there is no other way to go. The new life He gives us is worth all the pain Praise His Name

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *