Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, or so they say. Every woman loves to have a beautiful piece of jewelry, just as many men like to have a nice watch wrapped around their wrist. Yet, as nice as these items are they sometimes break or a stone gets lost and it simply becomes useless. To make these a thing of beauty or useful again, it must be placed in the hands of a master jeweler.
That is true of our life as well. But think about how a diamond is processed. It doesn’t come out of the ground ready to be placed in a setting. Most diamonds are found in a dark cave. It is washed to remove any dirt particles and examine to determine its worth. It takes a master craftsman to look at this raw piece of stone and be able to see the possibility and worth of the rough ugly nugget. As he holds the gem, holding it up to the light; he is able to see beyond its roughness. He sees the different angles and facets that are hidden deep within. This solitary rock in the hands of the master can become something that anyone would proudly wear.
Slowly, he picks up a chisel and begins to slowly chip away the pieces the hinder the true beauty from being exposed. Tap, tap, tap – he knows exactly which way to turn his tools to make the most precise cuts. Bit by bit, he slowly preforms his surgery. Thankfully the diamond it feels no pain. At the end of the process, what was a rough, ugly dirty gem that was hidden away from the world begins to reveal its true nature. The stone is buffed and shined to reveal even more of its hidden beauty. It is a time-consuming act, but the final product is well worth the effort and dedication of the jeweler. In the hands of the master – it has become a thing of beauty.
This is true in your life as well. You were found in a dark place – a place call sin. Sin kept you locked away from the Light of the world. But as you are drawn to His light – He washed over you with His blood. That precious blood washes away the stains of the world. But the process is far from over. He sees beyond your roughness and sees you in the light of His love. He sees what you were intended to be – a rare gem – precious in His hand. Although others around you only see your crudeness, He knows what you are going to look like at the end.
With great love and compassion, this Master begins chipping away the rough edges. A little tap here, a big tap there; each move is critical for the finished product. However, unlike the diamond, we feel the ongoing work. At times, it is like having major surgery without any anesthesia. Each tap on the chisel produces pain and often agony deep within. Then the procedure changes – the gems are polished. This is not like polishing your shoes.
The polishing process is sometimes just as painful as the chiseling part. Sometime a small grain of the diamond is pulled across the face of the diamond and it leaves small gouge. That happens in our life also. We are often damaged and scarred by the things around us. The source of the damage doesn’t really matter, but how we allow the Master to smooth out the damage does. We can kick and scream to no avail or we can yield to His hands and allow His healing touch to buff out the scars.
There is no easy process or magical formula to help us conform into His image. But the end result will be a thing of beauty. As each facet catches in the Light of His love – we will shine out into a sin-darken world. Each one of us is at a different stage in this process and like diamonds – no two are alike and none of us want to be like someone else. We are each unique and different.
No matter where you are in this journey, always remember – you are in the hands of the Master Craftsman. As painful as it is, let Him chisel and chip away those rough areas in your heart and spirit. Relax in His hands and in His ability to take those rough edges away. Let the beauty hidden deep within come into His light. You are unique – you are special – you are His.