Just a Piece of Coal

September 6, 2010 at 1:12 pm 1 comment

Have you ever seen a piece of coal? It is ugly. A chunk of black, decayed wood, more or less. It is dusty and seems to be only good for burning. In addition to all this it releases an awful black smoke and just leaves behind a dirty mess. Have you ever known anyone like this? You look at them and you can tell that the world has taken a toll on them. Looking at these people, you would think what is their worth?

I can tell you from experience that coal is worth a lot. It not only provides heat when it is burned, but can become something amazing. Coal, when it is put under an enormous amount of pressure is changed. The change that happens is something of a miracle. It is taken from ugly, black, dusty to a beautiful, exquisite diamond. Now we can ask how does something like that happen? I am not sure on all the physics of the process, but having pressure and extreme heat is the key. Without the pressure and heat, the change would not occur.

 Now, we take these people, who are bruised and tattered from the cares of this world. They have gone under enormous amounts of heat and pressure, otherwise known as trials. We see them when they are at their lowest, just before the miraculous change occurs. As the change occurs they start to rise above their trials and circumstance and become something, something of great worth.  From the depths of despair they become something exquisite.

The coal no matter how hard it tries cannot become a diamond on its own, the potential is there. So with the help of a little pressure and little heat it becomes a diamond. We are all pieces of coal, we all have the potential to become diamonds, but we can’t do it on our own. A loving Heavenly Father allows a trial here, a trial there to occur. Without these trials we would never have enough heat or pressure to become a diamond. So he allows these trials to come into our life so we can reach our divine potential.

So the question is, are you reacting to your trials in a way that is going to allow you to become a diamond? We are not just pieces of coal, we are diamonds in the making.

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  • 1. Steven Watts  |  September 11, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I am now in my 60’s and the pressure is still applied daily to help us become that diamond that will last for an eternity. Great analogy!


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