Tuesday, July 31, 2007

-A Diamond-

"When a diamond is placed against a dark background, the darkness makes it seem more brilliant. And, when the diamond is lifted toward a light, all of it's facets are revealed and allowed to sparkle. A diamond is pretty all by itself, but putting it against a black background and lifting it up to the light enhances its radiance and glory."

Oh, my friend! What a perfect picture of joy! True spiritual joy shines brightest against the darkness of trials, tragedy, and testing! And the blacker the background, the greater the brilliance. Similarly, life's dark struggles make Christian joy more intense and our heartfelt praise more glorious. As one writer has noted, God "setteth in pain the jewel of His joy."

-Elizabeth George, A Woman's Walk With God,Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit, pg. 49-

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