Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day, a day of celebrating the luck of the Irish with flowing beer, corned beef or ham and cabbage dinners, and talk of shamrocks, gold at the end of the rainbow and leprechauns. The history of this day is not the focus today but the request for luck in a friend’s Facebook post and the trying day she was anticipating. Wishing you luck, fingers crossed, good luck, luck, luck, luck, were repeated in many a comment bringing to mind the glass blowers at Corning Glass Museum. These master glassmakers do not depend on chance or good luck in transforming a molten glob into a beautiful useful work of art, but the use of fire, skill, and techniques discovered by the Romans about 50 B.C. If they do not try the glass by fire, then all they have is a blob of useless ugliness. The same can be said for us. If not for the intense heat of those difficult days, we cannot be shaped into useful objects of splendor. (Malachi 3:2-3) Instead of looking at the fire with dread, let us look at it with anticipation of what we will become because of it. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Do you know what they call the entrance to the firey furnace at the museum?Wait for it……………………….The Glory Hole!!!