Did you know that diamonds are the hardest known natural materials? The hardness of each individual diamond depends on the purity – bits of carbon or other material makes the diamond brittle and easier to break. These imperfections also affect the color, clarity and brilliance of the diamond. The purer the stone, the more brilliant the cut. Impure stones are cut down and used for files and grinders. Pure stones become gemstones, sparkling fire formed in the magma at the core of the Earth.
In order to take a dull, quartz-like rock and turn it into a brilliant diamond, much of the stone has to be cut away. It takes a very skilled person to perform the task. One wrong tap or too much pressure at the wrong time can ruin what could be a valuable gem. Just “[a]s iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17), diamonds are so hard that it takes another diamond to cut and shape them.
You could think of Moses as a human diamond. The son of a slave, he was raised in Pharaoh’s household. As an angry young man, he killed a man who had abused a fellow Hebrew. He was a very rough stone.
He began to be shaped when he fled to the desert and met a Midian shepherd who taught him how to keep sheep – animals that need constant attention and patience. Then God began the cutting process. Through the fire of the burning bush, the stress of hard negotiations with Pharaoh and grumbling kinsmen, the Lord shaped Moses to be a lawgiver, leader of a nation, performer of miracles, and one who spoke to God face-to-face.
It takes hard situations to shape us into the person He wants us to be. Are you in a impossible place, dealing with a difficult person or physical limitations that have pushed you to your limit? God will use these to make you better. Look for ways to reflect Him in the midst of your trials. Remember that He hasn’t forgotten you and that He has loved you since before the creation of time. Become a diamond and sparkle His love to all you see.
Angie fell in love with biblical fiction in junior high. She lives in South Carolina with her hubby in the middle of a big wood. She would love for you to join her at her team blog, Seriously Write, website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.