Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Parable of Glass Beach

Our first stop after we got to Texada was to find a geocache called "Glass Beach." After reading the cache page we learned that this site, on the northern tip of the island, was previously an old dump site used by the residents of Texada for many generations. The area has now been reclaimed by nature but since then the most wonderful little thing has happened.

I guess, many, many years ago, there were a lot of glass items dumped here. Old pop & beer bottles, noxema jars and even china was deposited here when it was no longer useful. Now add to this the continuous action of the waves and you can imagine what has happened. The entire beach is strewn with brilliantly coloured "pebbles." Beer bottle amber, noxema jar brilliant blue, 7up green... they are all there. Over the years the waves have worn them smooth, no jagged edges or sharp points anymore. It is really something beautiful to see.

What I love most about this story, though, is how some of the islanders have discovered these "pebbles" and seen the potential of it. They scour Glass Beach for the right shapes, sizes and colours (apparently blue is the most sought after) and turn them into works of art. What was once discarded and worthless is now searched out and of value.

I loved going to Glass Beach. Probably because it was an unexpected surprise that gave me a lot to think about. I love my life but it has not turned out exactly as I imagined it would and there are times when I've felt like I've been hit like that glass, tumbling in the waves, again and again and again. What was ugly can become beautiful, what was useless can be made useful, what was sharp and hurtful can become smooth and soothing, what was once considered worthless becomes worthy. We were standing in the middle of a wonderful, moving object lesson.

No wonder Jesus taught in parables.

If you'd like to see some beautiful examples of beach glass art click here.


Sarah said...

Great parable, Dawnelle... and I knew you wouldn't have gone away without being prepared to find a cache!!! Sounds like a great getaway!

Dawnelle said...

Thanks Sarah... of course I was prepared, LOL, we found 16 of them!

Sarah said...

wow! so is Tony hooked on geocaching now too?

Dawnelle said...

Oh no, he only geocaches because he loves me! LOL

kfroese said...

i think this is my favorite entry of yours, dawnelle. i've re-read often, and it speaks to me every time. i think your writing reaches many people in ways that you may never know. i've shared your blog with co-workers of mine sometimes (hope you don't mind), and they've been amazed and inspired by your insight. it truly is a gift.