Sitting at my desk and realized that I was having trouble seeing my monitor. I had already adjusted the blinds to the windows in my office and that wasn’t helping. So, I kept wiping off my computer monitor, but soon realized that it’s not the monitor, it was me. My glasses were FILTHY. I took them off and cleaned them and what a world of difference that simple task made for how clearly I was now able to see my monitor.
Clarity is defined as clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity. Over the past few weeks and months, I have been having moments of clarity about different areas in my life. These clarifying moments, if you pay attention, can alter how you view life and subsequently live your life.
When I think about clarity, somehow my mind starts thinking about diamonds (Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend…). The worth of a diamond is graded by the 4 c’s:
Clarity is one of the most important ways that the worth of a diamond is determined. A clarity grade is assigned based on the overall appearance of the stone under ten times magnification. Diamonds with higher clarity grades are more valued, with the rare flawless graded diamond carrying the highest price. Minor inclusions or blemishes in a diamond do not lessen the value or worth of a diamond. These blemishes or flaws are useful, as they can be used as unique identifying marks of where they have been, down to even the region of the world they have come from. These identifying markings are very similar to fingerprints.
We should look at ourselves as diamonds that are being polished by God and through the Word of God, kind of like a “diamond in the rough”. In the Urban Dictionary (yes, there is a such thing) the phrase a “diamond in the rough” is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process.
Doesn’t that describe each of us? Life’s challenges have cut us and we sometimes don’t understand that in the cutting, we are also being polished. The polishing process manifests in how we respond when faced with challenges. If we choose to heed the lessons and become better and not bitter as a result of the lessons learned, then we are being shaped into the precious gem that we are. We aren’t flawless by any means. However, when you know that God is doing the cutting and the polishing and that He is leaving His fingerprints behind that indicate, “I’ve been there, this has MY handiwork on it”, it helps us to truly embrace who we are and who we are becoming.
Can you see clearly now?