Proverbs 2:3-5 (CJB)
and raise your voice for discernment,
4 if you seek it as you would silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure —
5 then you will understand the fear of Adonai
and find knowledge of God.
Gemstones are treasured by most of us and to retrieve these precious gems from deep down the earth crust one has to go in for treasure hunt. Gemstone Mining is very complex and tedious process that requires huge input of valuable resources such as time, workforce, equipments and knowledge etc. There are different methods for recovering the gemstone from the lap of Mother Nature. The appropriate procedure is selected depending upon the circumstances but no matter what method is selected the entire process of gemstone mining needs to be very systematic as it costs a lot of money. The total process of gemstone mining is so intricate that inspite of putting in so much efforts there is no surety of the results. Failures and disappointments always have higher percentage than the success. Excerpt from an article on Jewelinfo4u.com by SHEWETA DHANUKA
The process of mining for gemstones is not unlike the work of housing ministry. The work of helping another person see themselves as loved, valued and wanted "is very complex and tedious" and "requires huge input of valuable resources" with "no surety of the results." We come to this work of love because we were loved and sought after in the same way, because we ourselves have come to the refiners fire. I marvel at the lengths of love my Father God lavishes on me. In the middle of what does not make sense, or feels too high a price, He gifts me with a glimpse of the gemstone...the beautiful, God breathed creation that I am called to love and care for.
The brilliant color catches my gaze and I feel reenergized to get back to the process. The joy comes in the smile that reaches the eyes, the written word that reminds me Jesus was in the story long before me, the action of taking this step to put aside the normal and ugly for something more...Each person stepping out of the darkness allowing me to come alongside them to mine for the treasure that has almost been lost is the journey I am on.
May you catch a glimpse of the gemstones you are working to recover! May you not be discouraged at the apparent failures and disappointments!
May you allow yourself to remain in process as you yourself are being refined!
Malachi 3:1-3 (CJB)
3 “Look! I am sending my messenger
to clear the way before me;
and the Lord, whom you seek,
will suddenly come to his temple.
Yes, the messenger of the covenant,
in whom you take such delight —
look! Here he comes,”
2 But who can endure the day when he comes?
Who can stand when he appears?
For he will be like a refiner’s fire,
like the soapmaker’s lye.
3 He will sit, testing and purifying the silver;
he will purify the sons of Levi,
refining them like gold and silver,
so that they can bring offerings to Adonai uprightly.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7(CJB)
6 For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.
7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it will be evident that such overwhelming power comes from God and not from us.