Embrace your place

The month of June was a month of growing accustomed to the new transition in my life. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve had some of the sweetest times during the first two years of my 20s. Today I get to celebrate 22 years of life. In the midst of the celebration I have done a lot of reflection on my life thus far.

I’m going to be honest when I say that it’s been difficult to adjust back to living in Dallas after moving away for four years. I am the type of girl who thrives on deadlines and staying busy. (Thanks, TXST!) Right now I have all the time in the world and I have no idea what to do with it. I am ready to jump right into the next phase of my life, but it’s easier said than done.

Lately I have been meditating on the phrase, “diamonds are made under pressure” when I find myself discouraged about embracing my place. I was not created to live an ordinary life and neither were you. Friend, God has called you to be extraordinary! God sees you and I as worthy.

I’ve done a ton of research on how diamonds are made and here’s a tiny science lesson on the formation of diamonds:

  • Diamonds are formed deep within the Earth about 100 miles or so below the surface in the upper mantle.
  • Diamonds are made of carbon so they form as carbon atoms under a high temperature and pressure. They bond together to start growing crystals. Because of the temperature and pressure, under these conditions, carbon atoms will bond to each other in this very strong type of bonding where each carbon atom is bonded to four other carbon atoms.
  • The combination of high temperature and high pressure is what’s necessary to grow diamond crystals in the Earth.
  • The diamonds that we see at the surface are ones then that are brought to the surface by a very deep-seated volcanic eruption.

As I began to research the formation of diamonds I began to compare my own journey with the journey of a diamond. A diamond is simply a carbon atom that must go through a specific process in order to achieve results. Once the diamond is formed into a crystal structure it sits in the Earth’s upper mantle waiting for a volcanic eruption so that it can reach the surface. After the diamond reaches the surface it begins its journey of being cut, polished and turned into the beautiful stone that we know and love.

 

During my journey of transition I have found myself frustrated time and time again. In all honesty, I have found myself trying to rush my way through this season of stillness. During a car ride home one night the words “embrace your place” circled around my thoughts as I cried and prayed the whole way home. I am slowly trying to embrace this season of my life. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m getting there. I have learned to embrace this season of calmness, because I’ve been able to solely focus on Jesus and the calling upon my life. I’ve been able to spend so much time diving into the Word and enhancing my prayer life. I’ve been able to truly live by faith and not by sight.

I want to remind you today that the season of stillness is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact Jesus went through a season of stillness before He began his public ministry. After Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days. During the 40 days He was able to spend uninterrupted time with the Father. He was able to grow in His faith. He was able to fast and depend on God to sustain Him. And He was able to resist temptation three times. Seasons of stillness are beautiful and so necessary to enhance our faith in Christ. (Luke 4)

No matter where you are in your faith, please know that your process is never over. Maybe you’re still trying to figure out this whole Christian thing—embrace being a diamond that’s going through the process of bonding. A strong community of believers is so important! Ask questions and live with an open heart and open mind.

Maybe you’re struggling in your faith journey—embrace being a diamond under pressure and high temperature. A diamond cannot form into a crystal structure unless it’s placed under pressure. You are a diamond in the rough. My youth pastor once told me “the harder the trial, the bigger the blessing.” Put on the armor of God and keep on pressing forward! Focus on the goal!

 

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

— Philippians 3:14 MSG

 

Maybe you’re like me in the diamond process—waiting patiently in the Earth’s upper mantle for a volcanic eruption so that you can reach the surface and begin the journey of being polished and turned into a beautiful diamond that brings glory to the Kingdom. Embrace the waiting. Search God with all your heart. Dive into knowing Him more so that you can reach the surface with God. Be calm and know that He is God. He will be honored by every nation throughout the world.

– Ash

 

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