The word mother is such a simple word to describe such a complex role. There are so many facets to it…much like a diamond, when you turn it in your hand.
I did some research on the properties of diamonds. As most of us know, it is the hardest natural material. This means it is unbreakable, much like a mother’s love.
Despite the hardness of a diamond, if it is subjected to high temperatures it can burn. We can get burned when the heat is on. Let’s face it; there are moments in our lives when it feels like we are going through the fire.
Diamonds also have the highest reflectance of any transparent substances. It makes me think of our moods and those moments when we really can’t hide how we feel. However, I also think of what I would LIKE to reflect every moment…Jesus. Yet just as diamonds are flawed, so am I.
Although we tend to think that all diamonds are clear, they can come in different colors. Those ones are called “fancies.” The variety of colors makes me think of the variety of mothers. We are not all cut the same. But we aren’t meant to be.
Diamonds also contain impurities. No mother is perfect. Yet despite the imperfections of a diamond, don’t they just radiate beauty? Sometimes we forget how true that is of us.
I have also learned that the process of becoming a diamond goes like this…
First – Planning (on how to cut the diamond) – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
Second – Cleaving (separating the diamond rough into pieces which will eventually become gems) – But cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day (Joshua 23:8, KJV)
Third – Forming (two diamonds are put on spinning axles, and set in opposite directions so they grind against one another, this allows the diamonds to be formed) – For you formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13)
Fourth – Shining (final polishing allows the brilliance of the diamond to shine forth) – The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you (Numbers 6:25, NASB)
Last – Final Inspection (examination to see if it means the standard of quality) – …He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6)
Mother…you are a real gem!