For years my husband collected crackle glass. Crackle glass is some of the most beautiful pieces of art-glass made. It's brilliance and sparkle come from the thousands of cracks throughout the piece. We have every color of the rainbow in our collection.
Many pieces date back over 40 years. And they are just as beautiful to behold as the day they were handblown and created in heated furnaces. I have given some pieces away to friends who appreciate the beauty of the art form. And I've sold a multitude of pieces. It's not very utilitarian. They are made to be viewed and appreciated and displayed.
The reason my husband fell in love with these treasures is their origin. As it happens, the glass is the result of a mistake. As we have been told, one day an artisan of artglass produced a piece and when it cooled, it crackled in hundreds of tiny cracks throughout the entire piece. The artisan took the piece and immediately covered it with more molten glass. When the layer of new glass covered the piece, it produced a work of art unseen before and unequaled in sparkling brilliance when held in the light. One of the first books written on crackle glass was written by a collector who fell in love with the story of the birth of crackle glass. She wrote that it reminded her of how we as Christians are covered in the blood of Christ. He takes our broken lives and His blood covers us and when God looks upon us, He sees, not our imperfections, but the perfection of His Son blanketing our lives.
I've told this story to our grandchildren who gaze upon our glass collection displayed in an alcove high above our entertainment area in our living room. They sit mesmerized at the beauty. Like a Light upon a hilltop. Just as my crackle glass beckons the eyes to look, to enjoy and to revel---our lives in Christ beckon others to see Him. If we find ourselves recalling the cracks of our past lives, we might remember the crackle glass---how the artisan covers it, and fills those cracks with a new coat of color. And then, may we rest in the Light we've been created to be through the power of God's Grace.
[copyrighted, SelahV Today, 2007]
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