May 21st 2010

Diamonds Are God’s Best Friends!

“My Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing”

James 1:2-4 (NKJV) 

Whilst watching a programme about chemistry I was struck by the fact that carbon is the most common element from which almost every living thing is based, and that includes coal, diamonds—even us. “Diamonds are crystals of pure carbon that form under crushing pressures and intense heat. They mostly form in the Earth’s mantle, the layer beneath the crust or surface layer at a depth of about 150 km.” (Quote from The Natural History Museum, London.) 

*        Diamond is the hardest known natural material on Earth.

*        Diamond conducts heat 5 times faster than copper, which is why it feels cold to the touch.

*        Pure diamond is the most transparent material known. It reflects visible light, ultra-violet light, and infrared light, and all the frequencies in between.

*        Diamond can be an insulator or a conductor, so it can either allow electricity to pass through or block it.

*        Diamond can survive intact in environments that will destroy other materials. It can survive severe physical, chemical and radioactive forces.

*        If you place diamonds inside the human body they will not trigger an immune response. 

The Natural History Museum houses a collection of diamonds known as the Aurora Pyramid of Hope—“A world-class collection of 296 naturally coloured diamonds. Only one in 10,000 gem-quality diamonds is coloured, making this an extremely rare collection. The colour comes from tiny amounts of elements other than carbon or from defects in the diamond structure.” 

This got me thinking about us. When put under pressure and intense heat, God sees us turn from a spiritual lump of carbon into a diamond. Since we all have defects or sins, we will probably turn into one of the coloured diamonds. I personally don’t mind being a rose pink or lilac diamond, since I like those colours! I will, however, still be a diamond. 

Just like a diamond with its many uses and properties is valuable to human beings so, should we be in this life as much as we are able. Revelation 21:18-21 describes the jewels used in the New Jerusalem. Add in the jewels that God makes us into (Malachi 3:17), and the brilliance is beyond anything we could possibly imagine. 

Our future is very, very bright. 

Prayer

Father, thank you for the wonderful work you perform in my life today. I look forward to the great future you have set in store for all of us—when we will see the heavenly Jerusalem in all her glory.

Amen 

Study by Rosemary Gent 

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