Monday, March 7, 2016

Driftwood: Sea Trash Becomes Amazing Monument

Romans 8:28 - And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

A few weeks ago I spent a week at a conference. The conference center we met at was on ocean. Each afternoon when our session would end, I took a long walk on the beach. Each day as I walked I would pass a piece of driftwood that had been made smooth by the waves and now was stood in the sand beside the ocean in an amazing display of beauty. One day it occurred to me that this piece of wood, which was once rough and nothing more than “sea trash” now stood like a monument to the stately beauty of the ocean’s power to smooth away rough edges.

As I reflected on the things of God while I continued to walk, I realized that this driftwood is a lot like our own lives. We all have our rough edges. We all have aspects of our lives that are less attractive. We may at times feel like trash battered about by the waves of this world. But God has a way of using the waves that batter against our lives to smooth out our rough edges. He has a way of making what seems bad into something that is good. God’s ways are often mysterious but when we submit to them, we become monuments to His power.

Whatever we are facing in our lives, we must trust the Lord to see us through. We must trust that our rough edges are being removed and we are becoming better, for the glory of His name.

Lord, help us learn to trust You to make us monuments to Your own glory. Amen.


Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has been a pastor, church planter, denominational leader and author in New England for more than 20 years. He is a happy husband, a proud father and adoring grandfather. He is a cancer survivor and believes that God works powerfully through times of suffering. He has written a book about the spirit of offense that prevails in our current society. You can find all of his books at:


  1. JeQuita took some pics with same driftwood and a couple funny ones of our boys.