The Stone was a Diamond!
One of the great diamond fields in South Africa was discovered in this interesting way. One day a traveler entered the valley, and paused before a settler’s door where a boy was amusing himself by throwing stones. One of the stones fell at the feet of the visitor; and he picked it up, and was about to return it to the boy when he saw a flash of light from it which arrested his attention, and made his heart beat with eager surprise. The stone was a diamond! The boy had no thought of its value; to him it was only a plaything. But to the eye of the man of knowledge, a gem of surprising value was unfolded in the rough covering.
So it is that many of the events of the Lord’s Providence appear to ordinary eyes as uninteresting, without meaning, and often as even unkind and adverse. Yet in each event, there is wrapped up a Divine treasure of good and blessing for the child of God! We only need eyes of Christian faith to find in every painful experience a helper to our spiritual lives. Precious gems of rarest blessing are enclosed in the rough crusts of hardship, care, loss, and trial, which we are constantly coming upon in our life’s way. We shall find, when we get to our Heavenly home, that many of the things from which we have shrunk as evil have been the bearers to us of our richest treasures of good!
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” (Romans 8:28)
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All for our King’s glory,
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