God Loose on the earth

There is a place north of San Francisco near Fort Bragg, California called Glass Beach. It has been included on a list of The 100 Most Beautiful and Breathtaking Places in the world.

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In the early 20th century Fort Bragg residents referred to this area as “The Dumps”, because it was commonly known that this area was the place where you dumped your household garbage. The beach was littered with glass, appliances, and vehicles.  In 1967 city leaders closed the area for decades, while efforts were made to clean the area. In the meantime, waves continued to crash on the beach breaking apart the garbage, tumbling large pieces of glass and garbage into small polished gems.  A place previously known as a”The Dumps” has become a popular attraction visited by thousands of tourists every day who walk across the beach decorated with multi-colored pieces of glass.

What happens when God is loose on the earth?  What happened when Jesus met a man without a name, known only in Mark as a “leper”,  a man rejected by society, unclean like garbage?

And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “if you will, you can make me clean.”  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”  And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. (Mark 1:40-41)

Much like the discarded trash that once littered Glass Beach, when God comes into our lives, He breaks us apart and creates something new. What once was something hard to look at is now a beautiful sight.

What happens when God is loose on the earth?  As Natalie Grant says in her song Your Great Name:

The lost are saved…

All condemned feel no shame…

Every fear has no place…

The enemy-he has to leave…


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Tina Stephens