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Itís not that itís beyond being held.
Itís that itís beyond being owned.
It can be held for a lifetime,
even call that hand its home.
He thought he was holding a diamond
in the careless palm of his hand.
He could not have known what he held.
He was quite the clueless man.
If a diamond is broken apart,
each piece is cut from the same stone.
Every one of them the same;
not one of them stands alone.
All of them sparkle and are shiny.
Many colors play on their planes.
But those colors are not their own.
Shaded, no color remains.
Even a rare diamond is just that --
one of a few among many.
A rose is a rose is a rose.
Of roses there are plenty.
He carelessly held one of a kind,
true, genuine and authentic.
Itís almost beyond finding out,
mistaken for eccentric.
Many have tried and many have failed
because they think they are holding
a diamond in their careless palms,
just because of the molding.
Fooled by the multisided surface,
he looked no further than right there.
He took for advantage its worth
and held it without great care.
At thoughtless touch of mindless fingers,
slowly enclosed around to clasp,
the gem turned itself to water
and quickly escaped his grasp.
It remained liquid for a short time,
until the air cleared of his scent,
then hardened again to a gem,
untouched, unstained and unspent.
Rare is the man who knows itís priceless,
that flowers die, even planted,
that all things shiny arenít diamonds,
that wonít take it for granted
that the colors make for the gemstone,
that itís still a diamond, though rare,
that when they canít see its value,
the gemstone will still be there.
There is a Rock that is set apart,
the One from which the gem was hewn.
And yet It lives inside the gem
and fills it with Rose perfume.
The gem does not need outside sources
of light because it houses Light.
Even in the darkest moments,
its brilliance lights up the night.
Its colors radiate from inside.
It isnít rare; it is unique.
If a man can know all Godís thoughts,
then find him and let him speak.
He does not exist, but there are some
who, if they knew, would be so blessed:
Unlike any gemstone out there,
its worth cannot be assessed.
Men: The women in your lives are not perfect, but they are most definitely priceless. Value them. Their imperfections are just one of the things that makes them so unique. Donít try to mold them. Just hold them. Appreciate that the one you are blessed with is one of a kind, not one of many. If you have found a good woman, thank God. Thank God. Thank God. Selah.
The entirety of Godís thoughts are beyond finding out. But we can all, men and women alike, discover mysteries revealed when we truly treasure the thoughts that He so generously DOES share with us, when we search them, respect them, and especially when we heed them. And He does generously share them simply for the asking. There is also a reward for making the effort to explore the inner workings of the women in your lives. Itís worth the search! Itís worth the effort! Look beneath her surface because what is THERE is what makes her priceless!
Youíre blessed if you find or have found a good wife. Youíre blessed even more so if you can FIND her. Iím just hopeful enough to be convinced that some of you truly understood that metaphor. In fact, I pray God gives every man reading this understanding of it. FIND her. Or at least put forth your best effort. Iíll give you a hint: Finding her doesnít mean that she signed a piece of paper that says sheís married to you.
Please do me a favor. And when youíve done so, please share your opinions, thoughts, revelations with me. I would appreciate it so much if you would get back to me on it! Ask God what He meant when He said to love your wives the way Christ loves The Church. And then listen. Truly listen. Because there are so, so, so many revelations to be gathered from that single statement! There is a lot more to Christís love for The Church than just the fact that Heíd lay His life down for Her.
Love suffers long, is kind, does not envy, does not vaunt itself, isnít puffed up, doesnít behave unseemly, does not seek its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never FAILS. And if you will love your wife the way Christ loves The Church, your relationships will not fail either. Just because some of you stay married until death does not mean that your marriage didnít fail or that you didnít fail it. I said ďsome of youĒ instead of ďsome of usĒ only because Iím not married. The divorce rate these days is outrageous and sad enough as it is. Whatís even sadder is that a percentage of those who donít divorce still have failed marriages. But itís up to US to receive the Word that guarantees success and then actually apply it.
Women: I heard yaíll. And I say ďAmenĒ as well. :::smile::: Now, letís all trust the Lord to give us the kinds of relationships that mirror Christís with The Church. And let us make every effort possible to show the men in our lives that we truly are priceless by living up to the Word that says our worth is far above that of rubies. Let us know without doubt that we are valuable beyond measure, worth far more than rubies, more precious than diamonds, that we age like fine wine because our radiance is ageless when it comes from Christ in us.
As for us unmarried men and women: I pray that those who are content to remain unwed will never come to regret your decision, that you will always find contentment and fulfillment and satisfaction in the love of Christ alone. And for those of us who pray that God send us spouses, I pray that we are patient and wise while we filter, that God give us Godly spouses, Godly men who will love us the way Christ loves The Church and Godly, radiant women that you Godly men are proud to praise in the gates!
God bless you, my friends!
© Joyce Pool
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Great article and advice! Keep on living, loving and writing for God's glory and he will surely bless you with a Godly man. Love ya sister, Julia
Dear Treava...AMEN...This is some of the BEST 'counseling' I've ever heard and so wish it could be part of the pre-marital sessions that engaged couples experience. How wonderful it would be to hear all this in the beginning of a relationship so you could have a 'path to follow' and your priorities would be the right places. You are so right, there is no such thing as a perfect spouse, but loving from the heart emcompasses every aspect of your spouse, embracing the imperfections as part of their whole being. I am reminded of the saying (usually referring to friends) - "They know all about me and love me anyway!" Treava, you have such a gift - for writing, oh, yes... but, also for SEEING people and being able to reach hearts and souls. Keep on writng and caring, Sis! I love you, Peggy
I would venture to say this combination of prose and advice is a gem. God bless you.
Very talented writing, and good advice. From someone who is happily married, and has been for 50 years, my comment is for married couples is to live by a motto that has proven true for us: "In honour preferring one another." That means, let the Golden Rule, rule your marriage. It works... Through thick and thin, through highs and lows, in sickness and in health, be there for each other. LOVE is from GOD, for GOD is LOVE. And if God chooses for you to be single, as He has done for my devoted missionary sister, Evelyn, then there is happiness in 'singlehood' too. She is dedicated to the Lord....Helen