I was in the car with friends recently with pop radio blaring from the speakers. With the nature of pop music and the poor lyrical content, it usually isn’t my inclination to pay attention to the words that accompany the melody of top hits. However, one lyric jumped out at me from the recent hit, “Royals.” The lyric made the confession: “I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh.”
I can certainly identify with this. I have held a diamond necklace in my hands and even clasped it around my neck, but it was a diamond chip, mind you. The diamond was so tiny that if someone hadn’t called my attention to the glittery element, I never would have known the value I had in my hands. My best friend in elementary school joked that I would be one lucky fiance some day. When I asked her why, she said, “Well, duh! You can’t see very well, right? So you’ll just have to tell your future husband that you need a diamond big enough to see it.”
I laughed it off and wondered if I would ever have the audacity or courage to tell my future fiance that I would need a huge diamond ring. It just seems silly and unimportant to focus so heavily on the materialistic side of things. Now granted, we were only little kids when we joked about my future diamond ring, but it brings what truly matters into focus right now as I move further into my adult years.
I have yet to experience that moment when my love pops “the question.” I’ve never had a diamond ring placed on my finger to symbolize my commitment to someone else. The only diamonds in my life have been the people and things that have shaped my life and the character I possess. I think of Brandon Heath’s song “Diamond,” and his heart’s cry for God to “dig a little deeper and set the diamond free.”
I have found that in digging deeper in my work, ministry, and volunteer opportunities, I have found the greatest potential in others and myself. Over the past few years, I have witnessed the most growth in worship leading and my work at YLF. I have worked alongside individuals who are budding leaders and musicians— some even stronger in skill level than myself. I could so easily assume that I have the capability to succeed and never tap into the resources of others, but I have found that I would be missing out on a great deal of treasure.
I was reading an illustration recently where the author contemplated the idea of mining for diamonds. He asked the reader to imagine that they were out hiking in the mountains when suddenly they come upon a cave. Upon going inside, they discover a glassy surface glinting off the cave walls. In aiming their flashlight toward the wall, they realize that there are large, valuable and undiscovered diamonds just waiting to be cut from the rock. The author asks what the reader might be inclined to do at that moment. Obviously, they would want to cut out as many diamonds as they could and then return later to retrieve the rest of the valued treasure.
Shouldn’t this be true of our connections with others? I think of Vanessa from my worship team at FRC. When she and I started working together last Fall, I never would have dreamed of the richness our partnership would create. Her harmonies blend with my lead vocals, and when she takes the lead, her beautiful voice touches a chard deep in my heart. Behind her incredible musicianship, Vanessa has been a blessing to me personally and spiritually. I have found a deep and wonderful kinship with her and it has enhanced our times leading worship. As we move forward together with OneVoice, I want to seek to invest in her musicianship and heart for worship. I want to unearth the diamond in Vanessa and the others on my team so that they might sparkle with possibility.
The same is true for my work at YLF. I have realized that I may not be available to our organization in the long-term, so I need to be intentional about passing on the baton to those who will carry YLF into the future. Recently, I have been so proud of those who have taken the initiative and started fund-raising and writing grants on behalf of our organization. I have enjoyed tapping into the diamond that exists in Abe’s drive and tenacity for success, Emma’s teachable spirit and willingness to fill in where needed, Megan’s enthusiasm and limitless energy, and Greg’s persistence for what matters.
In the process, I have found a bit of the unearthed diamond in myself. I have explored my leadership potential and learned to trust and rely on others. I have grown in my walk with Christ because I have had to fully depend on Him in this new phase of work and ministry. He is bringing out the best in me, and that can only be expected from a girl’s best friend. I’m not talking about the diamond here, although the glittery jewel has been known to carry that title of “girl’s best friend.” But my Best Friend, as I’ve said before, is Jesus, and He is continually crafting me and unearthing my potential. I echo Brandon’s prayer: to “dig a little deeper and set the diamond free.”
I invite you to listen to “Diamond” by Brandon Heath and imagine all He has in store for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wchx_9lJF6o.