Shine On

Possibly the most important thing to know about the beauty of a diamond is that it is totally dependent on an outside light source. The fireworks we value so much in a truly beautiful diamond are only produced when light shines on the stone. And at that, the cut and clarity of the diamond determines how much of the light that shines in comes out as sparkle. A diamond that is relegated to the depths of a black velvet pouch doesn’t even get a chance to show off its beauty. Other diamonds have a cut that is too shallow or too deep. Too shallow and the light doesn’t have a chance to bounce around on the other facets in the right way so that little rainbows are created on the ceiling or walls. Too deep and the light that goes in doesn’t get a chance to come out soon enough, it gets trapped inside the host gem. When the cut is perfect, the light that shines into the diamond will shine out brighter and even more beautiful.

This is our calling as women: to reflect the light of God in a way that captures attention and admiration for Him. But to do so we have to put ourselves in the right position. We can’t hide out in the jewelry drawer just being proud of how perfect we look. And we have to value the cutting and polishing process that makes us good light reflectors. It isn’t always pleasant to be cut and polished, but if we fail to submit to the process we will never live up to our potential.

Shine on, diamonds. You have to get out there. You have to allow shaping and forming in your life. But in the end, you will be able to represent God in a beautiful, powerful way. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (NKJV, Matt. 5:16).