Pulled out of the rough after years of extreme heat and high atmospheric pressure the diamond rises to the surface. Tugging and pulling was required to bring it into the open where it will once again go through multiple stages of perfection. Dull in appearance and covered with a layer of slimy skin, it is then placed in delicate hands to be cut, chiseled and refined.
A master at work shapes and polishes away at the strongest part of the stone, the areas that are the hardest to let go. Little by little its flaws are removed in stages as this well-rounded process is extremely time-consuming. It is the polishing that will take the longest to perfect.
The polishing removes unwanted material by a gradual time working technique.
Soon it falls into the hands of a person in the giving mood. Out of love it is bought and will be on display in the form of a necklace, a ring, a bracelet or on a pedestal of a collection to be admired from day to day.
For the most part, this diamond will be cut to a total of 57-81 facets. The cuts are designed to enhance the brilliance of this stone. Each facet when held under the right light shows the precision of the perfection from the master who once held it in seclusion and worked on it tirelessly with precision and dedication to create a fine brilliant perfect reproduction of his inner self.
Let go to the world where it will be tumbled and abused, lost or stolen causing a break or chip in its appearance, dulling once more the once classic work of art. It then returns to the master’s hands where he goes to work filling in the cracks, polishing its layers once more and tends to the areas that have callused where it has been treated unkind.
Today February 14th is one of those days where the idea of the day moves individuals to seek such gems to give as a gift along with flowers, candy and other special tokens of our love to the person we favor.
I take a moment and ponder this thing called love and the fine tuning process of which something such as a diamond is so beautiful and rare in appearance that it constantly turns heads when seen. I think about my own life, pulled from my mother’s womb and exposed to a rough world but yet, there was a master’s hand, one that could guide and mold me every step of the way, but only, when I sat still long enough to hear and wait. I recall scripture related to the meaning of the word and wonder if I could come up with 57 facets of my character that could define me a worthy diamond in the rough. The Bible speaks of a few characteristics of the word of which it is and is not.
1 Corinthians 13
- Not Jealous
- Does not boast or brag
- Is not Arrogant
- Does not act unbecomingly or rude
- Does not seek its own
- Is not provoked
- Does not take into account a wrong suffered
- Does not rejoice in unrighteousness
- Bears all things
- Believes all things (Love gives people the benefit of the doubt until all facts are known.)
- Hopes all things
- Endures all things or perseveres
- Does not envy
- Love does not keep records of wrongs
Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you! Time to continue working on these facets of my life.