Some days are just spent tumbling. Tumbling between deadlines, responsibilities, obligations, wants, desires; tumbling by family and friends; tumbling by supervisors, coworkers, peers; tumbling in difficult relationships; tumbling financially… oh, the list goes on. Don’t we feel like we’re tumbling in marriage? We’re tumbling over and over and over, hoping to land in a safe, solid, still place.
Sea glass is found on beaches along oceans or large lakes; it has been tumbled and smoothed by the water and sand, creating small pieces of smooth, frosted glass. It originates from bottles and jars that get tossed on the shore, broken, then tumbled smooth by the waves, rocks sand and currents. Often is takes years of tumbling in ocean waves, softening the sharp edges of broken glass before it is spotted on the shoreline, a water-drenched piece of sea glass standing out like a shiny, glistening jewel.
Tumbling isn’t comfortable, but God reminds me that He’s working in us while we’re tumbling in this world. God uses the tumbling to make me beautiful, to make me softer, to make me polished, to make me stronger than before. God uses my circumstances (and my husband sometimes) to wear down my sharp edges and soften me. So now, when I’m tumbling in a wave of seemingly unreasonable demands and crazy deadlines, I remember that God is using all of it to make me a beautiful, glistening jewel. With my eyes on Him, tumbling isn’t so bad.
And after you suffer for a short time, God, who give all grace, will make everything right. He will make you strong and support you and keep you from falling. He called you to share in His glory in Christ, a glory that will continue forever. 1 Peter 5:10
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
God is not a human being, and He will not lie. He is not a human, and He does not change His mind. What He says He will do, He does. What He promises, He makes come true. Numbers 23:19
God makes everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11