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The Diamond
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by Bill Penick

The Diamond

 
One day a little diamond in the rough was admiring a Big Diamond that was beautiful, magnificent, and flawless. The little diamond said, "I want to be like that Big Diamond." So the Master Jeweler put the little diamond on his grinding wheel and began to cut on him.

"Stop! Stop! You’re hurting me," said the little diamond. "But I thought you wanted to be like the Big Diamond," said the Jeweler. "If so, I have to cut all the flaws out of you." Then the little diamond said, "Grind on, Big Wheel, grind on."

But once again the little diamond thought it was hurting too much. So he cried out, "Stop! Stop! You're hurting me!" The Master Jeweler picked up the little diamond and put him by the Big Diamond and said, "Do you want to be like the Big Diamond?" "I do, I do," said the little diamond. "But it hurts so much." The Master Jeweler said, "If you will keep your eyes on the Big Diamond when I'm cutting on you and remember that you are going to look like Him, it won't hurt so much.” Then the little diamond once again said, "Grind on, Big Wheel, grind on."

Trials and tragedies in life also hurt us, but the Master Jeweler knows what it takes for us to become like the Big Diamond. So each day, let us trust and give Him permission to finish the work that He has begun. And one day we will be like our Savior, Jesus Christ.  
Bill Penick is the Senior Pastor for the Beaumont Church in Southeastern California