Matthew 15:45-46

God's kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls.  Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.  (The Message Bible)


Luke 15:8-10

Imagine a woman who has 10 coins and loses one.  Won't she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it?  And when she finds it you can be sure she'll call her friends and neighbors: "Celebrate with me!  I found my lost coin!"  Count on it - that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God. (The Message Bible) 


Diamonds Are Forever

(Deborah Taylor)


During a time this year as my husband and I prepared to facilitate and launch a marriage class at our home church we faced some strong spiritual warfare and resistance.  The closer we approached the start date for our class the more intense the battle.  One of several occurrences was the loss of my diamond from my engagement ring.  I know all you women can relate to the devastation I experienced.  We could not afford to replace the diamond and I wasn't even sure if I wanted to.  Nothing could be THE diamond.

 This happened right after the Christmas holidays and I had taken a temporary job with a local retailer.  As soon as we realized the diamond was missing I called my manager and they vacuumed the entire store.  The following day after work I toted home two huge commercial vacuum cleaner bags full to the bursting point.  I painstakingly went through each bag pulling apart the dirt, dust and tinsel holding it all together.  Everything glittered and several times I thought I had discovered the missing gem only to find it was some piece of cut glass or crystal from a broken ornament or decoration.

 I cleaned and searched my home from top to bottom with no luck.  We waited a couple weeks and then decided to put one of those cubic Z's in the setting.  Looking at it with an untrained eye or minus a jeweler's loop you cannot tell the difference however the imitation is not nearly as strong as the real thing.  It's luster can fade over time and cannot withstand any real stress put upon it.  It holds very little value in comparison to it's real counterpart.  A couple times recently I found something glittering on a rug or countertop and my heart rushed thinking it might be my lost diamond but unfortunately it was just a fake, a crystal, fallen from a piece of costume jewelry. 

 I am still believing and hoping my diamond will find it's way home to me but in the meantime I have learned some valuable lessons.  I need and want the real thing in my life.  I don't want a counterfeit plan.  It won't hold up because it's not God's plan and I have learned that while I seek for God's best for me satan can place a "fake" or an alternate in my path and while it may on the surface look good, feel right and appear to be the real thing it will not be the BEST thing God has for me and it may not hold up against the stress placed against it.

 I have also learned that I need to seek Jesus, the creator of all the diamonds in my life, as diligently as I searched for the lost gem from my engagement ring.  I need to search for the Treasure of Truth and pray for wisdom to know what that is so I am not fooled with an imitation.  I am reminded of the saying, "All that glitters is not gold."






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