Traveling down an old, cracked, and pot-holed road today, I saw sparkles all over. Everywhere was glittering little flashes of what looked like diamonds. It was something I never really paid attention to before. The sun was shining just right creating flashes of beauty all over the road.
I have never really looked at the road before as though it were something beautiful. Roads are usually worn out and damaged, at least where I live. They aren’t necessarily anything great to look at. Yet there is was: beauty emerging from what would be considered plain, broken, and perhaps even ugly.
It occurred to me that people are a lot like roads. People can be plain, broken, worn, and even ugly. However, when the light of God’s Son shines on them, people can become the most beautiful things in the world. Where there was nothing but darkness at one time, a new kind of light shines through.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” God sees beauty where there is none. God creates beauty from the work of His hand even in the ugliest and vilest of people.
Sparkles in the broken road. Who would have thought that even therein would be a lesson about the amazing work of God’s hands!