‘So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18
In my childhood and early teen years I was an avid gemstone collector. Fortunate to live in the Barossa Valley, there were ample treasures such as agate, chalcedony, rose quartz, amber and citrine to name a few. I have always had a fascination in formation of gemstones and in particular, diamonds. Diamonds are beautiful, precious and spectacular. But what we know and see as a glamourous diamond is not how it is in its raw state. A diamond is formed under great pressure and heat. It’s formed amongst igneous rock and will typically be found in various types of soil and elements. The colour of a diamond depends upon which elements (impurities) are present when the diamond was formed. They can be white, yellow, blue, brown, pink, and numerous other colours. Naturally, a diamond is rough and must be cleaned, cut and polished to reflect its true beauty and hence, worth. The cut isn’t just the shape of the diamond, such as marquis, round, and princess. The very popular ‘Brilliant’ cut diamond has multiple facets that make it reflect light better. When cut or shaped well, a diamond shines bright in the presence of light.
Incidentally, I have been very fortunate to have viewed the ‘Hope Diamond’, one of the largest of all blue diamonds, 45.52 carats, exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington DC. It was truly amazing.
We are all diamonds in the eyes of God. He sees each of us as unique, precious and beautiful. Just like a diamond, through our formation to who we are today, we have gone through times of pressure, tension and heat. When we encounter God, we are covered with the grime and elements of this world. But He doesn’t cast us aside, as I as an amateur gem hunter did with a worthless rock. God sees our uniqueness and value, and the potential for us to shine and bring Him glory. Just like a ‘rough’ diamond, we must be cleaned and polished. When we come into relationship with God, we must repent of our sin, and allow God to wash us clean. Each of us have past experiences that have caused fissures and damage. Some of these things have been of our own making and others the result of hurt caused by others. These are all a part of our growth and development and the shaping of who we are today. Thankfully, we become new creations in Christ. God as the gem cutter then creates us to fulfill His purpose to brightly shine and radiate His light and love.
May we each receive the grace and favour of our loving God as we lead and serve in our respective roles.