I read a quote on my social media the other day and it just hit me wrong! Here it is: “Pressure proves whether you're a diamond or dust.”
At the time I was not sure why it bothered me so much. I mean the person who posted this was a great person and I am sure this was inspiring to them, but to me it read more like this:
“If you ever crumbled under pressure, you are not a diamond you are just dust!”
I for one have not always handled pressure well. Sure, I have had my diamond moments and I’ve risen to the challenge at some key shining moments. However, there have also been plenty of dusty moments when I have caved to my own emotions or given in to things that have not been the best for me.
Why was a quote that was so inspiring to others so incredibly discouraging to me? The truth is, I was feeling judged and found lacking! In my inner turmoil I turned to God. “Why do I feel this way, God? You know me and You know my path, why does this thought bother me so much?” Here is what I felt God say, (not audibly but in that small voice you can only hear in your spirit when you quiet your heart), “I make some pretty beautiful things out of dust!” Drop the mic! God is so good at saying exactly what you need to hear at exactly the right moment!
The Bible is filled with stories of God using less than capable individuals. Here are just a few stories about some pretty dusty people that God did some incredible things with!
Abraham: He attempted to sell his wife to save his own skin, not once, but twice! Dust! He became the Father of all of Israel. Diamond!
Sarah - She laughed in an angel’s face when he was sharing God’s incredible plan for her. She was so insecure in herself that she convinced her husband to sleep with her servant then struggled with so much jealousy of the child conceived from her plan that she abandoned the woman and her child in the wilderness. Dust! She became the mother of all of Israel. Diamond!
David - He became the king of Israel but used his power to sleep with a married woman, then arranged for the murder of her husband. Dust! He was considered the best king Israel ever had! God called him a man after His own heart! Diamond!
Peter - He was always sticking his foot in his mouth. He completely denied Jesus in his darkest moments! Dust! Went on to start and lead the first church. Diamond!
Martha - She was so controlling that she harassed her sister to the point of ignoring that the King of Eternity was in her midst, then whined about it to Jesus. Dust! Showed strong faith even in the face of her brother’s death! Diamond!
And let’s not forget the very first man who was created out of ……(That’s right!)…. dust. Mankind was generated from dust! Looking at all the dusty situations God uses, I could almost conclude that God prefers to work with dust! Adam is a perfect example of God’s handiwork but let us not forget the most important element of the creation story. Adam, who was lovingly formed out of dust by God, was not truly alive until God breathed life into him. The breath of God was the game-changer! When God breathes life into dust, something beautiful happens.
Throughout scripture, the Creator of the cosmos has shown His character to us. He rarely chooses the capable or the strong to use. He chooses instead to breathe life into the ones that everyone else dismisses. So, before you dismiss yourself because of the dusty moments in your life, remember that God wants to breathe life into that dust and turn it into a diamond!
by Julie Hodgden
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