The Hidden Gemstone
A farmer in North Carolina lived on a beautiful farm that his family owned for many decades. Eventually, the farmer died, and after being in the family for more than two hundred years, the property was sold to one of the neighbors.
As the new owner of the farm was walking in the field, he saw a large, unusual-looking rock just barely sticking out of the dirt. He picked it up and began to examine it. He could immediately tell that this was no ordinary rock but some type of gemstone. He took it home, washed it, and brought it to a jewelry store in the town where he lived. The jeweler confirmed what the owner already suspected; the old stone that had been in that field for thousands of years was a large, uncut emerald that has since proved to be worth several million dollars!
Think about this, that gemstone was in the field all along just waiting for someone to come along and “discover” it. Undoubtedly the emerald had been seen thousands of times before, but it was overlooked because it appeared to be nothing more than an ordinary rock.
How often we overlook treasures because of preconceived expectations and personal biases. As you are seeking God’s will for your life, may God give you the grace today to see what you’ve never noticed before, what may have been there all along just waiting for you to discover it.
This is Daniel Kolenda
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