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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Looks like a rock doesn't it?  When you first see it you may not think it holds any value.  To the untrained eye, the worth of this stone is not very high...

BUT, to the trained eye, to the curator of fine things, this stone is precious and valuable.

Many of us live our lives thinking we aren't worth much.

We don't have the best body...

We don't have the best car...

We don't have the biggest house...

We failed in our marriage....

We failed at parenting and our kids are on a difficult path...

We aren't valuable or worthy.

BUT, to the creator of beautiful things, we are worth so much more than we imagine.

This is a rare blue diamond.  Uncut.  Unrefined.  Jagged edges.  Dirty.  But through the process of refinement it will become something highly treasured and valuable in others eyes.

We are like Diamonds.  There is a song out on the radio called "Diamonds" by Hawk Nelson.  Every time I hear it, it brings tears to my eyes:

Here and now I'm in the fire,
In above my head
Oh, oh, oh oh, oh, oh
Being held under the pressure,
Don't know what'll be left
Oh, oh, oh oh, oh, oh
But it's here in the ashes
I'm finding treasure

He's making diamonds, diamonds
Making diamonds out of dust
He is refining in his timing
He's making diamonds out of us

Diamonds go thru the fire and through a rough process to buff and shine and shape so that their true beauty can be seen.  So God does the same with us.  Each trial we face, each obstacle we come to, each storm we go through, God is using it to shape us in to HIS image.  He uses it to help soften our rough edges so that HIS light can shine through.  The rock above turns into the beautiful JEWEL that we all love and seek after.  God doesn't test us because he is angry with us, He does it because He loves us.  He wants our true beauty to shine through and that can only happen when we go through the fire.

So, are you willing to be refined by God? Are you willing to give your life to Him so he can refine you, buff out your rough edges and make you shine bright??