God’s Diamonds Tune In Thursday # 17

God’s Diamonds Tune In Thursday # 17

Did you know that a diamond is the hardest natural substance found on the Earth?

 

Yes, it’s true.

 

In fact, the word “Diamond” comes from the Greek word “Adamas” which means “unconquerable and indestructible”

 

Even the hardest rocks crumble with enough pressure and heat over time, but not a diamond.  God designed the creation process to create the most beautiful of things out of pressure.  Diamonds are made from a carbon substance much like coal.  Coal and carbon are plain, ordinary looking substances. Yet, when pressure is applied to them, what was once ordinary is now precious and highly sought after.  This is the case with diamonds.

 

Diamonds, like gold, are one of Gods most beautiful creations, and yet are formed under the most grueling of conditions.  They are a much sought after precious gemstone, but not until going through the refining and cleaning process.

 

There is a quote I found that says:

 

 

 

 

Diamonds do indeed dazzle, but there is so much more to them than meets the eye.  The same could be said of  people, in fact let’s look at some parallels between people and diamonds?There are four characteristics of diamonds, known informally as the four C’s.   Let’s look a little closer at the four C’s: carat, cut, color and clarity.

 

Carat

Carat refers to a diamond’s weight.  There are several Scriptures that talk about God weighing us, our life’s, and seeing how we measure up or balance out.

Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting (Daniel 5:27)

 

Let Him weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know my integrity (job 31:6)

 

When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come ” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand (Revelation 6:5)

 

 

Cut

Cut refers to the quality of the cut in getting a diamond into shape.  I used to think cut referred to the shape of a diamond, like pear or oval. However, a diamond is graded per proportions, symmetry, and polish.

The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance. Put simply, the better a diamond is cut, the more sparkle it will have.

 

 

Scripture talks about God needing to cut away areas in our lives that are not beneficial to us, or that need pruning for more growth.

God, your God, will cut away the thick calluses on your heart and your children’s hearts, freeing you to love God, your God, with your whole heart and soul and live, really live (Deuteronomy 30:6 )

 

In John 15 it talks about Jesus being the vine and us being the branches, and how God, the vine dresser prunes the branches from the vine.

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit (John 15:2)

The process of cutting and pruning is not always pleasant, but it is necessary nonetheless.  This process of cutting is one that our flesh and human nature wants to rush through, but we need to allow God the time to do what He wants, and not stay stagnate in where we are at.

 

Diamonds are cut so that a light ray falling on the diamond is reflected multiple times inside the diamond and therefore sends light out in all directions. God has called his disciples to be diamonds, allowing His light to reflect through us.

How many facets have you allowed God to cut into/on you?

Color

The color of a diamond refers to how close to white or colorless it is. For fancy diamonds it is how intense is its hue.  No natural diamond is absolutely perfect, there are chemical impurities and structural defects that occur while it is being formed in nature under pressure.

 

Depending on the hue and intensity of a diamond’s coloration, a diamond’s color can either detract from or enhance its value.

 

Hold it in the light to see how it sparkles. The way that diamonds reflect light is unique: Inside the stone, the diamond will sparkle gray and white which is known as “brilliance” while outside of the gem, will reflect rainbow colors onto other surfaces.  This rainbow effect dispersed light is known as “fire”.

Scripture talks about how God will refine us and test the genuineness of our faith in the refiners fire.

This third I will put into the fire;  I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’     and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” (Zechariah 13:9).

 

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1: 7).

See, I have refined you, though not as silver;   I have tested you in the furnace of affliction (Isaiah 48:10).

Clarity

Clarity refers to how free a diamond is from defects commonly referred to as inclusions.  A diamonds clarity refers to is quality and relates to its visual appearance and to its natural existence.

 

According to Wikipedia, “Diamond clarity is the appearance of internal characteristics of a diamond called inclusions, and surface defects called blemishes. Inclusions may be crystals of a foreign material or another diamond crystal, or structural imperfections such as tiny cracks that can appear whitish or cloudy.”

 

We too have blemishes in our life, the Bible calls them sin.  Our blemishes are also our character defects and our flaws.  Yet, we are also God’s most precious creation: You and I have been created by God with love.

… that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world (Philippians 2:15).

 

 

 

We are called to be Radiant, and when each of us shines bright, we make the darkness flee, but when we come together and stand side by side as sons & daughters of the King, we shine so bright, that the darkness doesn’t stand a chance.

Never ever forget: No matter where you came from. No matter the trials you have gone through, or are currently going through. …

 

You are God’s Diamond!

You are HIS masterpiece, a beautiful creation of God. 

 

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38 Comments

  1. Thanks for submitting to the process of becoming a diamond so that you could be here today, sharing this truth with us in this lovely space!

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    • Michele – thank you for always being faithful to be here and linkup in this space I have tried to create for others. I love your heart and the truth you share as well. Submitting to the process is not always easy, but I have learned over time it is well worth it. Blessings

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  2. What a beautiful correlation between diamonds and the people we are becoming. Hoping to shine brighter every day.
    God bless you my friend.

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    • Thank you Patti! You my friend, are always shining even when things are tough, your life shines. I am truly blessed to call you friend and just like you, I am praying I too can shine brighter every day.

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  3. Debbie, I just love this. I learned a lot I didn’t know about diamonds and you also teach an important lesson about our worth and value to God. I found the comments about being refined by the fire and how that relates to the way a diamond shines particularly interesting and thought provoking. Psalm 34:5 is one of my favorites, too. I’m sharing on social!

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    • Thank you Leslie! I am so glad you learned things you didn’t know before, I did too when I was researching diamonds. Thank you for sharing on social media – that is an incredible blessing and I feel so honored that you would do that. Blessings to you.

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  4. I love that Duet. verse. This post kind of made me want to cry today. It has been a rough few days spiritually (I won’t go into detail here) and this was nice to read. You did it in such detail too! Blessings to you friend!

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    • Oh Meghan – I am praying for you. I am so sorry that it has been a rough few days, I pray that as you read the post today, that God filled you with a hope and peace and an understanding of your true value in Him. He loves you so much and He is so incredible proud of who He created you to be. Blessings and prayers to you as well as a BIG HUG!

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  5. Debbie, I love this analogy! Praying God is making diamonds out of all of us!

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    • Thank you so much Donna! I am praying He is to that as well.

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  6. I always love your posts! Thanks for this great comparison with the diamond. I have never really been drawn to diamonds (unless it is the softball diamond!) but thinking of them this way and what kind of worth I have to God brings a whole new perspective! Thanks!

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    • Awe thank you Sandy! You are most welcome and if truth be told, I didn’t like this blog post very much at all and I wrestled and struggled over it for weeks, and finally had to just go with it. It’s it funny, how the ones you “think” are terrible are the ones that speak to others the most. 🙂 Ohh and I would be joining you on that softball diamond. I used to pay all the time – grade school through college and beyond until a few years ago when our team stopped playing. So glad that I could bring you a whole new perspective about diamonds too.

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  7. Debbie, it has been such a pleasure to visit and link-up with you today! As a Jewelry Designer, your words resonate with me and have truly blessed me. Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing word! GOD bless you, beautiful Sister! *HUGS* 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Tai! I am so glad that my words resonated with you and I am sure that as a jewelry designer you could have added so much more information. I so appreciate you linking up and taking the time to comment as well. Blessings and Hugs to you as well.

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  8. Debbie, I love the parallels you have drawn between people and diamonds. Great observations that describe well God’s pruning and shaping process on our lives. I love this: “We are called to be Radiant, and when each of us shines bright, we make the darkness flee, but when we come together and stand side by side as sons & daughters of the King, we shine so bright, that the darkness doesn’t stand a chance.” Beautiful!

    Blessings to you!

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    • Thank you so much Gayl. Today’s post was a struggle for me to write, but I am glad I finally gave in and just posted it anyway. Again thank you for being faithful in linking up and commenting 🙂

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  9. This is such a beautiful comparison! There is so much to be gleaned from this post. Thank you for sharing and encouraging us to radiate the love and goodness of our God!

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    • Thank you Joanne for your encouraging words to me as well. I am so glad you were able to glean many things from todays post about our Great God. Blessings

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  10. It’s the “cut” part that I dislike the most. 😉 But I know it’s necessary. Pruning doesn’t feel good at the moment, but it’s God’s gift to us for future growth. Thanks for sharing these diamond traits, Debbie. Good stuff!

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    • I am right there with ya Lisa! You are so right, it is God’s gift to us of future growth – that is such a great way of thinking about it and it helps in remembering when in the midst of pruning. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here in the comments today

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  11. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to share my posts and those of your awesome readers! I hope you will join me at #OverTheMoon on Sunday, #WonderfulWednesday and #ThursdayFavoriteThings! Have a great week.

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    • You are most welcome Marilyn – I had no idea that you had so many linkups. That is awesome. I will try to make a few this next week 🙂 thanks for the invite

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  12. Wonderful post! Reminds me of the Hawk Nelson song – Diamonds!

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    • Yes, Roseann, When I wrote a tweet or too that song came to mind as well. LOL I didn’t know it was Hawk Nelson that sang it though 🙂 Thanks for that piece of information – Blessings to you

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  13. Debbie, I love this! Such a beautiful comparison. “He’s making diamonds out of us!”

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    • Thank you Mandy!and Yes, He is making diamonds out of us 🙂

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  14. Thank you for sharing this! I love all the parallels between diamonds and the process God is doing in my life.

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    • Julie, you are most welcome. Yes, I was fascinated by all the parallels too when I started researching and digging into everything. I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. Love all the comparisons and learned so much about diamonds, but most importantly I love how everything connects to the light (my word for this year). Let us all shine bright like a diamond!

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    • Jas, I love that your word for the year is light! and yes, diamonds definitely connect with it. That is so exciting for me to hear the connection it made for you and I am glad you enjoyed learning about them as well. Have a terrific weekend

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  16. Thank you for these great words, Debbie! It was so interesting to read about the different characteristics of diamonds. I remember watching a documentary about the craftsmanship that is required to “cut” the diamond in just the right way for each unique stone. And now that you have compared it with the pruning process, I am even more touched by God’s Grace towards us in the way that He prunes us so gently, and with such care. Blessings to you!

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    • You are most welcome Bettie. It was fascinating to me too and I love how God tied it to Scriptural/Biblical principles as well. Blessings to you as well.

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  17. This post was fascinating. I loved the comparison of diamonds and people. God does shaping not only with us but diamonds. What a creator he is.

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    • Maree, Yes, God is a wonderful, marvelous, thoughtful, creative Creator! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Blessings to you 🙂

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  18. So interesting and so helpful. Very super nice for this post. A lot to think about here and a lot of good stuff.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

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    • Yes Patrick, there is definitely a lot to think about and process for certain. I am glad you found it interesting and helpful. Thanks for linking up and you have a great week too.

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  19. This blog post is itself a brilliant diamond. May we continue trusting in God even when we are going through our refining process. Thank you.

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    • Oh Miriam, Thank you ever so much! Yes, may we trust Him even as we are going through the refiners fire and process. Blessing upon you.

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