A number of years ago the most magnificent diamond in the history of the world was found in an African mine. It was then presented to the king of England to embellish his crown of state.
The king sent it to Amsterdam to be cut by an expert stone-
cutter. Can you imagine what he did with it?
He took this gem of priceless value and cut a notch in it.
Then he struck it one hard time with his hammer, and the
majestic jewel fell into his hand, broken in two.What reckless-
ness! What wastefulness! What criminal carelessness!
Actually, that is not the case at all. For you see, that one blow
with the hammer had been studied and planned for days, and even
weeks. Drawings and models had been made of the gem. Its qual-
ity, defects, and possible lines along which it would split had all
been studied to the smallest detail. And the man to whom it was
entrusted was one of the most skilled stonecutters in the world.
Now do you believe that blow was a mistake? No, it was the
capstone and the culmination of the stonecutter’s skill.When he
struck that blow,he did the one thing that would bring that gem
to its most perfect shape, radiance, and jeweled splendor. The blow
that seemed to be the ruin of the majestic precious stone was actu-
ally its perfect redemption, for from the halves were fashioned two
magnificent gems. Only the skilled eye of the expert stonecut-
ter could have seen the beauty of two diamonds hidden in the
rough, uncut stone as it came from the mine.
Sometimes, in the same way, God lets a stinging blow fall
on your life.You bleed, feeling the pain, and your soul cries out
in agony.At first you think the blow is an appalling mistake.
But it is not, for you are the most precious jewel in the world
to God. And He is the most skilled stonecutter in the universe.
Someday you are to be a jewel adorning the crown of the
King. As you lie in His hand now, He knows just how to deal
with you.Not one blow will be permitted to fall on your appre-
hensive soul except what the love of God allows. And you may
be assured that from the depths of the experience, you will see
untold blessings,and spiritual enrichment you have never before
imagined. J. H. M.