I stopped by the pharmacy to pick up a prescription.
As always, my grandson wandered around looking for something to purchase. Usually, he would ask for ice cream, but on this particular day he found something that caught his attention. The small rectangular shaped box had pictures of gemstomes on two sides, with the phrase “1 in 24 Chance of Finding Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald” printed on the front.
My grandson’s teacher had recently taught a unit on Rocks and Minerals. My little man had been bringing rocks home he’d found on the playground.
He asked me to buy the kit for him, so I gave in because I was a bit curious about what might be in the box too.
When we arrived home, my grandson rushed to get inside so he could discover what was in the kit.
We opened the box. It contained an item covered in a blue substance, a small brush, a small wooden hammer and a chisel.
My little man chiseled for over thirty minutes using the tools to loosen the blue substance. He and I made a prediction. I predicted that we would find a salt crystal inside, but he was convinced that a yellow jade was hidden beneath all the blue matter.
He finally uncovered a greyish-white rock. It was rough and jagged on the top and smooth and purple on the bottom.
Friend, just as my grandson chiseled away at that blue substance, I believe that God is chiseling away all the things that are covering His precious gems.
Before my grandson uncovered his gem, he became a little discouraged, but he didn’t give up. Likewise, I don’t believe God will give up on us.
Now, to an untrained eye, some precious gems don’t appear to be valuable, but they are. And to some folks we may not appear valuable either, but we are.
It should not matter what others think or say about us, because we are valuable to God. We are His Precious Gems.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:13-14(NKJV)