Chains

Source: Dallas News

The things we carry,
like chains –
one link for every
hope,
fear,
dream,
love,
hurt we conceal.

We masquerade,
showing only our best faces
to the masses,
to our loved ones,
to ourselves.

And every second, the clock ticks on –
tick,
tock,
another second gone,
another chance to break free
as we grow older,
accumulating chains,
bearing in solitude the weight that was meant
for others to help us carry,
all because we are
“okay”
alone.

Then, one day, our daye of rekenynge will come, and
our hearts, sagging with the weight of secrets untold,
heavier than when they first beat,
will beat their last…
But we are “okay”
alone.

“Man shall not live by bread alone.”
“It is not good for man to be alone.”
“You cannot do it
alone,”
so,
with dust to dust,
ashes to ashes,
beginning to beginning blazing toward us
inevitably,

why are we still bearing chains?

“The absence of the light is a necessary part…”

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They’re a girl’s best friend, right? These puppies are a status symbol for many (and, sadly, a symbol of slavery and oppression for many more). Diamonds vary in shape and size, but the most priceless of them all reflect the most light. They’re known for their clarity and translucence. But the most reflective of all things is formed in the darkest place…

While diamonds do come from carbon, they aren’t formed from coal, contrary to popular opinion. Deep in the mantle of the earth, about 100 miles below the surface, pressure and heat from Earth’s core build up, changing the molecular structure of the carbon atoms into something new – a lattice-like structure. When conditions are right, diamonds are formed. Then, something called kimberlite acts as a catalyst and a passageway to force the diamonds up from the mantle and above ground. Once they have been mined, jewelers select the finest gems, cut them down to size, and turn them into beautiful works of art.

It takes darkness…and pressure…and heat to form these treasures, and it takes the kimberlite to bring them up for us to find them. From that, I learn two things. First, like my worship pastor says, “When ya feel like stoppin’, ya gotta keep goin’!” God allows us to undergo testing because it refines us. Rushing the process produces a lower grade of light reflection – and isn’t that our job? Aren’t we supposed to reflect LIGHT? Without the darkness, we’ll never reflect the way we’re intended to.

Second, I think we need to look around us more. Notice those who are wrestling or who have been through hell and are still walking. So many people are just waiting for their kimberlite to guide them to the surface. We are to be that kimberlite. And if they’re a little rough around the edges for a while, give them grace. God did the same for us, and we aren’t finished yet!

If you’re under pressure and can’t seem to find your way out, hang in there. God might just be changing your internal structure to prepare you for something bigger. If you’re waiting for your kimberlite, hang in there. Kimberlite takes a while to form, too. But remember what Ecclesiastes 3:11 says:

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

If you’re in the dark, hang on. Soon, you’ll not only be in the light, but you’ll be reflecting Light.

“240 thousand miles from the moon – we’ve come a long way to belong here, to share this view of the night, a glorious night. Over the horizon is another bright sky. Oh, my, my, how beautiful. Oh, my irrefutable father – he told me, ‘Son, sometimes it may seem dark, but the absence of the light is a necessary part.'” (Jason Mraz)