rough cut

“Perhaps Time’s Definition of Coal is the Diamond.” I think Kahlil Gibran is on to something with this statement that I should keep in mind when it’s hot in the kitchen, the pressure is on and it seems that my entire world is going to implode. Diamonds are products of heat, pressure and a lot of time. Thus it stands to reason that patience, endurance and the wisdom to look beyond what can be seen and focus on that which is yet to come are essential in discovering the treasures within. C. JoyBell C. puts it beautifully, “As the earthly dies your spirit will bloom; as the world fades your soul will rise and glisten. Amongst the dehydrated crevices of a desert earth you will stumble upon your diamonds; in between the dry skulls and cracked bones you will find your sapphires.”

Daniel Defoe said that the soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear. We are works in progress blessed with the adventure of always being on a journey of becoming. Defoe’s statement highlights the importance of being intentional about this journey, because the risk is there that the luster each and everyone of us holds within may never appear.

However, it isn’t always just a matter of polishing. Sometimes we need to be pruned and shaped, to have the rough edges trimmed, if we are to not only to release but also multiply light and beauty. Thomas Guthrie has a great perspective on this, “The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people.”

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