The brisk fall air and warm sun were refreshing as my friend Jayne and I walked along the sidewalk. We were taking a break from the women’s ministry conference we were attending. Suddenly Jayne stopped as the sunbeams reflected back up at her from the sidewalk. She reached down and picked up a beautiful earring, and we wondered if it could possibly be a real diamond.
In the session we had just attended, a former Mrs. USA, Sheri Rose Shepard, had told us the story of her crown. She said that the real beauty and brilliance of the crown was not apparent unless it was exposed to the light. In the same way, if we are to shine to our full potential, our lives must be exposed to the Light of Christ.
Upon returning home, Jayne placed ads and made every effort to find the owner. When it went unclaimed, she took it to a jeweler and found out that they use four things to determine the value of the stone…the cut, the character, the color and the clarity. Sometimes a rough diamond has to be chiseled and chipped to reveal its beauty.
Later, Jayne and I talked about how God sometimes has to chip away at our bad habits and stubborn wills in order for Him to be seen in our character. Our response in times of adversity is an opportunity for others to clearly see Christ in us.
The diamond was genuine and valuable, but not nearly as valuable the lessons we learned from reflecting on it that warm and sunny day.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NASB) For God, who said “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
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