A fourteenth-century Italian stained-glass artist was summoned to design and
create a huge portrait for the window of a cathedral in Chartres France, a place
well known for its stained-glass work.
He laid all of the pieces he was going to use out on the floor of the cathedral.
They were beautiful to behold; most of them were large and colorful. Some of the
colors from that time cannot even be reproduced today. Among these awesome
pieces of glass was a small, clear piece about as big as your fingernail. As the
stained-glass portrait was assembled, that little piece remained on the floor.
Only the big colorful pieces of glass were used.
On the day of the window's completion, the tiny piece of clear glass was still
lying on the ground. The entire city gathered to witness the unveiling of the
brilliant and beautiful stained-glass portrait. The artist stood in front of the
crowd, made his speech, and dramatically pulled down the cloth cover. The crowd
gasped at the beauty of the colorful window glowing in the sunlight. After a few
seconds, however, the crowd grew silent. They sensed that something was missing,
that the portrait was unfinished.
The great artist then walked over to where the little clear piece of glass lay,
picked it up, and placed it in the portrait, right in the center of Jesus' eye.
As the sun hit that little piece, it gave off a dazzling sparkle.
The magnificent stained glass window still draws visitors. The first thing they
see is that sparkle in Jesus' eye.
Do you ever feel like that little piece of clear glass? You doubt you can ever
do anything for God. Let the story of that last little piece remind you that God
thinks of you as the apple of his eye.
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