Sunday, September 23, 2007

Diamond or Coal?

This blog especially goes out to one of my closest friends - a true diamond. Love you Gab. :)

Okay, let me start out by giving you a choice. If you could choose between a Tiffany's diamond pendant or a plain silver chain, which one would you choose? The DIAMOND, of course! I mean, hello! Everyone has a silver chain, but a diamond is special. A diamond is unique. A diamond is a treasure.
When I say diamond, you probably have visions of that rock of engagement ring that your super hot future husband will give you someday. But do you know how diamonds are formed? I mean, sure, they seem like they are in every jewelry store, but they are actually a very rare and precious stone. They are so rare because diamonds have to be formed in very specific conditions. Carbon (the stuff you breathe out) must withstand at least 435,113 pounds of pressure PURE INCH at a temperature of at least 752 degrees Fahrenheit. That's about the weight of fifteen 18-wheeler trucks, and at least 7 times hotter than a Chi flat iron! If there is any less pressure or any lower temperature, you just get graphite, a grade of coal.
So what does that mean for us? If you want to remain a treasure for your husband and for God, you have to withstand the INTENSE pressure and heat of being a female in today's world. No easy task -- just like the specific conditions of forming a diamond.
Think of something that a guy treasures -- like his car. By observing just a few things, I can tell how a guy values his car. If he drives it as hard as he can, as fast as he can, and pays no attention to the car's maintenance, the only work he did for the car was hold out his hand for his parents to give him the keys. However, the guy who meticulously washes his car twice a week, won't drive it when there's a chance of rain, and gets upset if someone puts fingerprints on the hood -- he probably had to work very hard to earn the money and the responsibility to have a car.
Here's the catch - a guy will treat you the same way! If you come onto him or make it easy on him, giving in to the heat of the moment or the pressure of the situation, he will ride you as hard and as fast and he can. But if he has to work for you and can see you withstand this world's heat and pressure, he will cherish you like the rare treasure that God created you to be.
So maybe you haven't met that guy yet. You will. But until then, all you have to do is just dig into God's word to know how much God values you. God's Word says that we are His people and His treasured possession (Deuteronomy 26:18). He knows how many hairs are on your head - plus how many are highlighted (Luke 12:7). He has every tear that you've ever cried collected in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). You were feafully and wonderfully created when He wove you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 113:13-14). You were created for a specific purpose, and He has a plan just for you (Jeremiah 29:11), And even when you don't know exactly what is going on in life...maybe it feels like your whole world is falling apart. But even through those moments, God is working for your good (Romans 8:28). Withstand the pressure. Take the heat. Be His treasure.

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Esther 4:14b

"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"