When we long for a life without difficulties, remind me that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. ~ Peter Marshall
Pressure will turn you into either dust or a diamond. Pressure is just as much part of life as waking up everyday. It drives us, wakes up… get to work, clean the house, walk the dog, eat right, exercise, get here, get there, get going… The truth is that pressure comes at us from every angle. To become a diamond a piece of coal must endure pressure, some pieces of coal will crumble and turn to dust, because they can’t handle the pressure imposed on them. Then there are those pieces of coal that persevere and fight through the pressure. This is true for some people as well, they view life’s pressure the same, we are all just pieces of coal starting out, through time we develop into something more. James 1: 12;2 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. Sadly there are those who crack and turn into dust. They never realize their true worth, their “diamond identity.” In contrast to them are those that become diamonds in the rough.
“Diamonds in the rough,” is a great metaphor, but it requires some understanding of the nature of a diamond. Diamonds, in their natural state, are rough, not only unpolished, but also not even appearing to most people to be diamonds at all. Their beauty is unrevealed to the viewer, awaiting a polishing by the person who is able to see what lies beneath. So, a diamond in the rough is a person with many great qualities, but one who is not polished enough for others to always appreciate. But only in the hands of a master diamond cutter does a diamond’s sheer beauty become apparent. God is the master cutter, when we are placed in His hands, He cuts away the rough parts of our lives and reveals the beauty and brilliance of who we truly are in Him.
The final thing I want you to remember is that a diamond is the hardest known mineral. It’s so hard that it can only be scratched by another diamond. It’s the unique molecular structure of the carbon atoms that makes a diamond very hard. As we allow Christ to live in us we will have His diamond-hard strength to withstand the pressures of life and not be easily scratched or wounded by the words or deeds of others.
If you feel pressed from all angles ask yourself a few questions:
- What would you do if this/these pressure(s) were really an opportunity to start considering very important changes in your life?
- If the pressure was actually an opportunity to learn something very important about your brilliance?
- In what ways do you inhibit your own potential? Limit your worth? Limit your God given identity?
- How would your life be different if you really believed that you were a diamond and not a piece of coal?
Keeping It Simple & Straightforward