All That Glitters

Have you ever been curious about something that sparkled from a distance, only to be disappointed upon closer inspection? This happened to me today on my prayer walk as I spotted something gleaming in the distance. With an inquisitive heart, eager to photograph something exciting, I went closer. The sparkle in the distance was nothing more than a pile of shattered glass. Disappointment washed over me, a poignant reminder that not all that glitters is gold.

This made me reflect on a verse from the book of Proverbs: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12). Just like the broken glass that initially appeared attractive, chasing curiosity can sometimes lead us astray.

What can we learn from a pile of broken glass?

  • Be Wise. Let’s pray for wisdom to see through facades that could ultimately harm us (Proverbs 4:7).
  • Even in brokenness, there is always hope. We can find healing and purpose after experiencing life’s shattering moments.
  • Recognize the complexity of brokenness: Brokenness represents both negative and positive experiences. Our brokenness can also lead to redemption and restoration.
  • Letting Go: Sometimes, breaking represents the shedding of old habits, limiting beliefs, or past hurts that are no longer serving us.
  • Be Cautious: Broken glass catching the light can be alluring, but it also serves as a reminder that what may appear attractive on the surface could be hiding unseen dangers.

All that Glitters


The next time something catches your eye, take a moment to safely examine it. Is it something beautiful masking a hidden danger? Through wisdom and discernment, we rise above brokenness to navigate the glittering fragments of life.


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