by Danetta Kellar
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3
Deep in the cavernous darkness of the stony cold mountain a miracle is happening. Unseen and hidden away, the elements of darkness are being transformed in their very essence to a gemstone, their obscurity filled with light and brilliance. What was once black and opaque is becoming transparent. Under incredible pressure and extreme temperature, something strong and beautiful is emerging.
One day there is a rumble on the mountain. Light pierces the darkness, and that which has been hidden is revealed. Through the smoky pillars of rising dust, something glimmers.
The Searcher of Treasure recognizes the gleam that beckons him deep. Carefully, barely restraining his zeal, the Searcher becomes a Finder. He extracts the treasure and gently places it in his bag. Bearing it carefully in its velvet pouch as he navigates the eery blackness, he soon reaches the light of day. In his hands he holds a glistening diamond.
Suffering is man’s path from obscurity and darkness into the light of transformation. Like scattered fragments of the blackest coal beneath the mountain, broken hearts can be transformed by the mysterious power of the pain, the pressure, the extremes of unexpected loss and unexplained evil. Through the cruel process a miracle is happening; something strong and beautiful is emerging.
Our God searches for such treasure. He seeks those who yield their pain to His miraculous transformation. Such treasures are carefully taken up in His scarred hands, handled gently. For He has special regard for the hurting. He intimately understands such pain.
One day, the hurting ones will be completely changed. They will adorn the royal diadem in the hand of their God. Chosen for their rare and fine brilliance, they will lead the nations in worship around the throne of God.
Lord, help me persevere through the pain of this life. Make me Your own treasure. Amen.