Stained Glass Windows III - Passing Through Divine Fire
Monday May 23, 2022
This week, we will continue to speak of stained glass windows.
In addition to being made of many small pieces of colored glass organized to form decorative images or motifs; and in spite of having weathered the sun, rain, wind and cold and still being intact…
In the past, the glass of stained glass windows was made from a material called silica that was heated to very high temperatures to melt it. Today the main ingredient is sand, which is also heated to very high temperatures to melt it. The glass was and continues to be blown by hand or rolled and tempered.
How does this apply to my life?
1. The stained glass window of my life is also made of very simple and common ingredients, like “sand”.
Genesis 2:7 says, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Isaiah 40:6b-8ª says, “… All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall …”
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 says, “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
2. The stained glass window of my life also has to pass through “fire” and get heated up so that the hardness in me will melt and so that the impurities will disappear - it is a process of refining and perfecting my character and my spirit.
Isaiah 48:10 says, “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
Job 23:10 says, “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
3. The stained glass window of my life always receives a personal and unique treatment, sometimes “blown by hand” and sometimes “rolled and tempered”, depending on what God thinks is necessary for the stained glass window He wants to produce.
Jeremiah 18:3,4 says, “So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”
Dear friend: how is the stained glass window of your life these days? Is it passing through the fire and being refined? Is God dealing with you in a very particular way? Just make sure that you are doing your part, and God will do His: you, the meek and pliable clay, and He, the Potter creating a beautiful and useful vessel, shaping you as it seems best to Him.+ REFLECTIONS