From a Stone to a Gem

Taking her hand in His, He said, “Behold, I have set My love upon thee and thou art Mine… yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3). After that He said, “Give me the bag of stones of remembrance that you have gathered on your journey, Grace and Glory.”  She took it out and passed it to Him and then He bade her hold out her hands.  On doing so, He opened the little purse and emptied the contents into her hands.  Then she gasped again with bewilderment and delight, for instead of the common, ugly stones she had gathered from the altars along the way, there fell into her hands a heap of glorious, sparkling jewels, very precious and very beautiful. As she stood there, half-dazzled by the glory of the flashing gems, she saw in His hand a circlet of pure gold.
                                                                    ~ Excerpt from Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

In the allegory, Hinds Feet on High Places, Much Afraid faced many difficulties on her journey to the High Places.  Each time she faced a painful experience, crownshe had to choose to keep going.  She picked up a stone to remember the sacrifice.  The Great Shepherd took every stone, ugly and unimpressive, and turned it into a beautiful precious gem which is set in a crown made specifically for her. Her obedience and willingness to trust Him was rewarded and turned into a beautiful testament.

This is a great reminder to us of how God takes the difficulties we face and uses them to cause us to grow.  Each sacrifice is turned into a thing of beauty.

And we know that in all things God works together for good of those who love Him and who have been called according to His purposes.
                                                                                                     Romans 8:28 (NIV)

 Have you thrown away your stones instead of trusting the Lord to turn them into beautiful gems?  It’s not too late to pick them back up and offer them to Jesus and trust Him to transform them into a work of beauty.  What are some “stones” in your life?  (For example – times when you have had to choose a painful path or when your circumstances seemed unfair or too painful, yet you’ve obeyed and pressed through.)

Can you trust Jesus with your stones?  Offer them to Him today by writing out your prayer in your journal with today’s date.  Trust that one day you WILL look back and see how He has done an amazing work and prepared a crown for you.

Digging Deeper

Read Genesis Chapter 45 and list things that you have discovered the enemy meant for evil but God used for good.

 

~Deb Schmidt
Lifegate Women, Campus Lead – West Dodge, PM

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