Dark Glass Ponderings

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. -1 Corinthians 13:12

To teach is to learn twice.

-Samuel Johnson

Anyone who has taught children for any length of time: whether Sunday school, homeschooling, or in the classroom can verify this fact.

This morning I was presenting an object lesson, only to find the unplanned interruption provided a powerful object lesson...for the teacher.

First I poured some cola into a clear glass.   The glass represents us, and the soda represents the darkness in our hearts where we hide our sin.  Next I placed some buttons into the cola.  The buttons represent our sin.  When we place them in the water they hide, then pop to the surface.  Just like we can try to hide our sins for a while, but it isn't long before they pop to the surface.  I then used a spoon to remove the buttons from the water showing that if we confess our sins, God will remove them.

Immediately two of the boys started discussing the buttons.

"I think there's still some in there."

"They're hiding in the soda."

I shook the soda around, but still the children were skeptical.  Even after we counted the buttons and I showed them that there were the same number I had put in, I could see one little boy was still doubtful.

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.-1 John 2:27

I have always struggled with perfectionism.  Thanks God He has allowed me to fail again and again in my pursuit of perfection showing me my need for His indwelling Spirit.  

God pointed his finger at my heart at that moment.  The buttons aren't in there.  Stop fishing for them.  Stop looking for them.  Just believe.

Whether your struggle is with depression, pornography, your children, alcohol, fear, or any of a myriad of other things.  Bring it to God...and then hand in your tackle box...fishing season is over.


Julia M. Reffner

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Christ-loving bookworm & homeschool mom of 2 stealing the rare quiet moments to pursue that all elusive writing dream. I also write book reviews for Title Trakk and The Historical Novel Society.


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