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Not sure about you but I’ve had some real struggles in my life. I figure most of us have… some people maybe more than others but we’ve all been UP AGAINST it at some point. As I was running this morning, the Lord kept bringing a passage to mind as I was giving Him my take on a particular struggle I’m in at this time.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

So I guess I’m not your typical female in that I’m not really a “jewelry” person. I wear my wedding ring, a cross ring and tiny cross necklace and small earrings…that’s it. I’m not giddy over diamonds or gold or all that stuff…but I can tell you that when I have been to a jeweler with a friend and seen a collection of diamonds sitting on the little cloth…WOW!! They are beautiful! They sparkle and shine and reflect. They look so perfect and amazing. How did they get that way?

Diamonds aren’t full of light, themselves. They don’t have tiny lights inside them and shine. No, actually they reflect the light and you can see many of the colors in the light spectrum reflecting through the diamonds…little amazing prisms. Diamonds reflect and IN that reflecting their true beauty is SEEN. We are each like little diamonds. Meant to REFLECT Christ (because He is the ultimate light) and through reflecting Him, our TRUE BEAUTY is seen. If diamonds draw in all the light and don’t reflect it, then you would never know HOW beautiful they really are. It is through the reflecting that they shine, glimmer and catch our eye.

Also “reflecting” on how diamonds are made. Referring back to the verses in 2 Corin. about being “hard pressed but not crushed.” As you know, diamonds are formed over a period of MANY, MANY years…they begin as coal. I don’t have a piece of coal on my left hand on my wedding band…kinda UGH, right? Through the PROCESS of being compressed, heat and all this PRESSING IN AND TIME…a diamond is formed. It isn’t overnight. You can’t go buy a piece of coal, put it on your counter and wake up the next morning with a diamond. IT IS A PROCESS. Friends, WE are a PROCESS. WE ARE A WORK IN PROGRESS. ☺ It is THROUGH our trials, our struggles, our disasters, our failures…our working through those…our overcoming…that we GROW, get stronger, grow more beautiful. We are becoming diamonds. So bear in mind, as you struggle today that you are a work in progress. God is taking your lump of coal and you are being hard pressed, struck down, tried and everything, but not overcome. You WILL shine. We need to stay the course, knowing that He will not let us be crushed but we can REFLECT HIS light and be the BEAUTY we were created to be.