Sunday, February 14, 2010

Refined by the Fire

Diamonds come from the melting of pre-existing rocks in the Earth's upper mantle. So, basically, diamonds are just shiny rocks. Rocks, my friends. The same rocks that we sweep off our floors, vacuum up from our car mats, and hose off our driveways. Yet, there is something so beautiful about a diamond. Shiny. Transparent. Usually attached to gold. And always attached to a hefty price.

Nine years ago, Joe gave me some rocks. They are shiny. They are transparent. They are attached to gold. And, yes, they were spendy. They are earrings.

I was wearing the earrings the morning that Joe proposed. I was wearing those earrings at our wedding. I wore those earrings during the births of both of our boys. In fact, I have never taken them out. And, I don't plan to. Because diamonds come from melting rock.

Have you ever tried to melt a rock? I haven't but I googled it and it takes anywhere from 600 to 1,000 degrees Celsius. That's hotter than Phoenix in the summer!

That reminds me of something else made genuine through fire...."In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." 1Peter 1:6-7

I am being refined by the fire!

where Glory meets my suffering