So, let’s consider this cliché by first looking at the refinement process of the diamond. Before a diamond becomes the beautiful glass-like gem we all desire to attain, it must go through an intensive amount of heat and pressure. A refining process takes place naturally beneath the earth, but is only one step in a diamond’s transformation. Once it is pulled from the mine, if it is going to give anyone the pleasure of a beautiful piece of adorning jewelry, the diamond must go through another extensive refining process of cutting and smoothing. A diamond can remain underground forever and never grace the fingers or earlobes as adornment, but why wouldn’t it want to be taken through a refining process to bring others joy? Our lives are much like the diamond. We have the potential to be women who shine brightly in our sphere of influence. But before we can have impacting influence, we must go through a refinement process that will include heat, pressure, cutting, and smoothing.
Knowing we have a mission allows us to embrace refinement instead of resisting it. The change we experience will ultimately allow others to encounter the One who came to restore their souls. The Bible says we are new creations, that the old has gone and the new has come. Refinement takes one thing and changes it into something new just as pressure and heat take the elements of the earth to bring to the surface a beautiful diamond. Your mission in every stage of refinement is to allow its pressure and heat to turn you into that bright, shining gem in someone else’s life. Your refinement reveals His Son in you so others may know Him. Your willingness to flourish will be the answer someone else needs – that is your mission in Sisterhood! God Bless, sweet friends.