Monday, 13 July 2020

M Michele's Musings

From the Rough

I have been struck lately by beautiful jewelry with sparkling gems adorning hands, ears and neck lines and have found tears slipping from my eyes while my heart was overwhelmed with a sense of unbelieving awe. I thought about the fact that God sees me as a beautiful jewel, shining forth light from the many different facets He has placed and worked in me as I have allowed Him to work. Memories have been flooding me of the very beginning of this journey with my Savior. How He saw me embedded in sin, darkness and misery and yet He searched for me and drew me with loving-kindness. He saw the potential in me to be a beautiful jewel for His Kingdom. He saw this before I even once started to let Him have His way in my life, much like a miner or a jeweler sees jewels in the rough before they are extracted from the rock they are embedded in. The miner or the jeweler sees the true potential that lays hidden within each precious stone.

These precious gems are diligently searched for, found and mined from rock or riverbeds and places that are often dark, lonely, hidden and forgotten. These dirty, rough, unshaped and unpolished gems mined from those dark forgotten places and are then cleaned, cut, fashioned and polished, to bring out every facet of that unique piece to shape it in such away as to bring out its most beautiful potential for reflecting the light and shining forth the glory of that light. The jeweler often works countless hours on each piece with loving care to draw out the pure beauty within the gem so that all can see the beauty of each precious piece.

Isn’t this what God does in our lives? Doesn’t He search for us and find us because of His great love for us? Doesn’t He bring us out of those lonely, dark and hidden places? Doesn’t He begin to clean us up and begin to work in our lives to change us to be more like Jesus Christ? Doesn’t He free us from slavery to sin’s bondage that we were once embedded in? Doesn’t His love and light begin to radiate through our lives to others as we begin to walk with Him and trust Him with our lives?

It is amazing to me that He sees the true potential that lies within each of us just as the jeweler sees the true beauty in each gem stone even before the work is ever completed. Though I don’t always see the true beauty lying within a heart, He does, and He sees it with a heart filled with unconditional love! His love for us diligently works in our lives to bring about these changes, to conform us to the image of his beloved son, Jesus Christ, that His glory might be shone forth.

Two of my favorite gems are the Diamond and the Sapphire and I have learned some things about these two gems in this quest. I can only share a few here because the information is vast. I will start with diamonds: Diamonds are often used for engagement / wedding rings representing a love covenant, which God has made with us when we are in relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. We mostly know diamonds to be clear but they actually are found in many different colors signifying the fact that we are all special and unique in our own special way. Did you know that diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring material known (owing to its strong covalent bonding), resistant to acids but will melt in hot steel? Because of this they are also used in industrial areas such as drill heads to bore through rock to reach oil deposits. There is truth that can be gleaned from this knowledge of diamonds: God wants to make us strong in Him and for his kingdom and this is done when we are in a strong binding covenant relationship with Jesus Christ. God wants us to be resistant to the “acid” of our enemy, standing against the lies that the devil would use to influence our lives, to mar the beauty that God has placed in us. God wants us to trust, be obedient and to let our hearts “melt” toward Him in the fires that life will brings us. God wants us to be persistent in our walk with Him “boring” through whatever lies before us to reach the richness of this life in Christ. Life is hard at times and it will bring trials and tribulations and it is the cutting of the diamond together with its hardness that gives cut diamonds their brilliance and fire. James 1: 2-4 tells us “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” It is in the trials of life that we come face to face with knowing God and trusting God and letting Him cut away things that do not belong, to enhance and to beautify our lives for His kingdom. A diamond's brilliance and luster are two of its most valued attributes and it is interesting to note that the science behind the phenomena is the diamond's great ability to refract light, which means to bend or slow light as it passes through it [refraction is also responsible for rainbows, the splitting of white light into a rainbow-spectrum as it passes through a glass prism]. Rainbows are seen in diamonds at times and we know that rainbows are that great symbol of God’s Promise to mankind. When we put our lives in Christ there is such great Promise for our lives and that Promise will radiate from our lives to others because we have Hope in Him. Simeon speaking of Jesus said in Luke 2:30-32 said “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” And then Jesus said in John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” And in Matthew 5:14 Jesus said “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” When we trust in Him as our Lord and Savior we are no longer our own and His light comes to dwell within us and we are to reflect that light to those around us.

The second gem I learned about is the sapphire: Sapphires have many of the same attributes of diamonds, such as the fact that sapphires are characterized by their excellent hardness exceeded only by that of the diamond. Sapphiresare also desired in engagement rings because the sapphire symbolizes loyalty, but at the same time it gives expression to people's love and longing. God is faithful and loyal and He expressed His greatest love toward us when He allowed His beloved Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. It is interesting that the word Sapphire seems to be a corrupted form of Sanipriya a Sanskrit word [Sani = Saturn and Priya = Beloved]. Saturn, the 6th planet, also represents the number for man and coupled with the second half of the meaning Priya, which means ‘Beloved,’ makes me think of Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” We are God’s most special creation. He spoke all other creation into existence but man He formed from the dust of the earth and breathed the very life of God into him. Yes, out of all of God’s vast creation we were created in the very image of God and He has accepted us in the beloved, Jesus Christ. How awesome is that? Sapphires have been referred to as blue gems in general but actuallycome in many colors just as the diamond does and the color blue represents trust and truth and we know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and God would have us walk in His truth. It is His truth that will make us free. Some sapphires are heat-treated or otherwise enhanced to improve their appearance and color, the same fires of life God often uses to conform us to the image of his Son. 1 Peter 1:6-7 tells us “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”

Do you feel as if God could never use you for His kingdom? Do you feel as if you are weak and can never become strong and have the strength of God’s character in your life to bore through all life’s turmoil’s, to reach that place of richness in Christ? Do you feel as if you could never be that “beautiful Diamond” or “lovely Sapphire” showing forth His light and glory? Remember ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! God can do miracles in your life and change your life to carry His strength and reflect the life of His Son, Jesus Christ. Remember God loves you and you are special. He searched for you, He found you, He loved you while you were yet lost, He loved you before you ever knew Him, He saw you then and He sees you now, He brought you into his marvelous light and He sees the potential in you to become all you can become in Christ. The process sometimes is not easy but if you will trust Him it is well worth letting Him bring peace, joy and complete wholeness into your life. Yes, He can make you strong for His kingdom and into that beautiful jewel showing forth beautiful facets of light and glory. He desires this and He will finish the work He has started in you and He will make you both strong and beautiful for His kingdom as you allow Him to work in your life. Ecclesiastes 3:11a tells us “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time” and Isaiah 54:11b-12 says “behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.” You are His and He has loved you with an Everlasting Love. Trust Him to make you strong and beautiful for His kingdom.

 

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright April 2008 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Photo by Melonie Brister

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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