glass and light {day 29}

day 29

glass + light are so gorgeous, aren’t they?

these are original antique Ball Mason canning jars. each one is different and unique because of how they were made back in the 40s or 50s.  and i love them. in fact, they were the first antiques that i bought here in Lancaster county at the beginning of the summer. i wanted to buy the whole collection of them, but i was limited to the cash i had in my wallet, so 4 for 16$ was what i got. they even have the original lids! although, i don’t think the lids would work because they are wearing thin and have some holes. but still, they are so pretty.

but as i took this picture, just because i thought it was pretty, i started to think about the glass and the light shining through. i started to think about how we are like these little mason jars. we are the glass and Jesus is the light shining through. {work with me here, i know it’s a little bit of a stretch. lol} but i’m thinking about it because to get this glass really pretty, it had to be put through a lot of pressure, lots of heat, special processes to make it the right shape and color. we’re the same way. to purify us and make us into the creature He created us to be, He has to put us through the fire and flame and pressure to make us beautiful. to make it so that HIS LIGHT shines through us so perfectly that the world sees His glory.

right now i know a bunch of friends and family going through the flame and fire and pressure. a sister who’s lonely. a friend who’s facing a difficult situation. another friend waiting in a hospital room for her sweet boy to be finished with testing. a friend who’s struggling with her marriage. a mother who just wants to be given the chance to love her baby. a wife who misses her deceased husband. it’s all around us.

these things are hard. seemingly impossible at times. but i implore you dear friend, if this is what you are facing today, know that God is working  to allow His light to shine through you.  to think that HE finds you so precious, and He has such plans to make you into a vessel for His glory is an amazing thing.

and that is beautiful, more beautiful than antique mason jars with the light streaming through.

“So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:7

“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.” -Isaiah 48:10

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” -Job 23:10

xoxo-kimberly renee

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{this is part of a 31 day series about “Seeing Creatively” through the camera. to see the other 31 posts, click HERE}

 

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