A Diamond

is a chunk of coal

that made good

under pressure.


 A few years ago Pam, Lyndsey, and I were in the kitchen when we heard something fall to the floor.  It’s a little hazy to me now and I don’t remember what fell or where it fell.  What I do remember is Pam saying, “Everybody check your diamonds!”  This was funny at the time, and many times after that when something dropped to the floor, one of us would say, “Everybody check your diamonds!”  If I had to guess, I would say that each of them have a fondness for diamonds.  And, I guess I will have to admit I am also partial to them.  No, the picture above is not the diamonds at our home.

Diamonds are created by great pressure.  When I was teaching Sunday school, I read a story about the pressure on a fragile vase being dropped in the ocean.  As the vase drops, pressure increases the deeper it falls.  That pressure is enough to crush the fragile vase…so why isn’t it crushed?  The vase is open at the top and as it falls, the pressure is the same on the inside as it is on the outside.  With equal pressure inside and outside, the fragile vase cannot be crushed.

Many people have told me over the years that they perform best under pressure.  This may be true, but I believe that much of the pressure we feel is because we have put off things until we experience unnecessary pressure.  I don’t feel we perform better under pressure, we just determine that we must complete the task.  What we discover many times is the task we have been dreading and putting off is not really as bad as we perceived.  After completing the dreadful task, we can look back and see that it was not really as bad as we thought it would be.  We also discover that it would have been a lot easier if we had used proper planning and attacked the task without the last-minute pressure.  We need to change “must do” tasks to “need to do” tasks, and remove the last-minute pressure.

So, what does all this have to do with “Diamonds?”  Nothing.  It’s all about pressure.  A lump of coal needs pressure to create a diamond.  A fragile vase needs pressure from within and without to remain a fragile vase.  Each of us is like a precious and fragile vessel to God.  During out lifetime we will experience the pressures of just living in this world.  As we experience these worldly pressures, we must seek the inner pressure of the Spirit of God.  He is ready and willing to be asked.  The more pressure we feel from the outside the more Spirit we need on the inside.  This is the only way we can remain the precious and fragile vessel that God created. 


One Response to ““DIAMONDS””

  1. pam Says:

    well…u know i love diamonds and feel quite sure i have been blessed
    with more than i ever imagined having…not to say i could not be
    thankful for more…check those diamonds!!!:>)

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