Written by: Abby Breuklander
If someone were to come up to you and say, “If I had to choose between a diamond or you, I’d pick you every time.”, what would your reaction be? I’d be the first to take a quick look around and ask, “Who me?”. But did you know that someone already says that about YOU every single day?
God has chosen us – not because of who we are – but because of who He is and who we will become in Him. It has absolutely nothing to do with us at all, we didn’t choose Him, He has chosen us. And He’s proud to call us His own. How amazing to be wanted even more than a diamond!! How heart-melting is that? This is the kind of love that each and every one of us is looking for!!
Diamonds go through a very long process. It takes a lot of work to achieve just the right design, cut and sparkle. It’s the same in life! It takes a lot of effort to keep going when life gets hard and you just don’t know how you’re going to take one more step. But this pressure is part of our refining process; it hurts to be cut and stripped of things that we want. Never realizing at the time that the pain that feels like it’s going to kill us is actually going to help us shine even brighter than before!
It’s taking the blemishes and stripping them not just off of our lives, but off of our hearts as well. I’ll be the first to admit that it really, really hurts. But He knows that after the pain the beauty can really shine through. And once we see the difference and how light and free we feel, the peace that passes our understanding just pours over us!
Jesus didn’t pay thousands or millions of dollars for you. He paid so much more than that with His suffering, blood and life. You and I were on His mind the entire time, He went through Hell itself just to point at you and say, “This one’s mine!”. Never, ever forget that, especially on the days when you feel absolutely worthless. You are always worthy to Him. No one else is ever going to love you the way that Jesus does. You are loved, treasured and cherished just the way you are. And nothing can ever change that, nothing could ever make Him love you less. Sure there are times when we slip up and fall flat on our face, but He’s right there to pick us up and dust us off. He’s going to walk with us every step of the way.
He knows that you’re worth it no matter the past, no matter the circumstances that you may find yourself in. He died for YOU, that’s how much you mean to Him. When we realize just how precious we are to Him, far far more than diamonds, we will be able to to understand just how much He loves us. Despite the pain, despite the journey to where we are now, we will see just who we are in Him.
Sometimes our refining process can seem agonizingly and painstakingly slow. But our timetable isn’t the same as His, and He knows exactly how long it’ll take for us to step into our full potential. We can’t rush something this important. He doesn’t make mistakes and wants us to be just perfect for His use.
You are so much more than a diamond in another important way. A diamond can’t love Him the way that you can. This is the first time in the history of the world that a creation can love it’s Creator!
Everything in life loses it’s glitz and glamour, but with Him that’s just not the case. With the light of Christ shining in us, we never have to worry that He’ll toss us aside for someone “bigger and better”. People may toss us aside, but He never ever will. Once He has you, He’s never letting you go. And nothing can ever take you away from Him. How incredible and absolutely mind blowing is that?? It may not seem like it right now, but there truly is beauty in your pain…..you just need to know when and where to look. So hang in there, I promise that it’ll be worth it. What are you waiting for? Get out there and shine knowing Who’s you are! Sparkle like you mean it!