Some gems lay on top of the ground
However, some are buried deep
Have to toil and sweat, just to be found
Beneath the layers melancholy.
Sometimes all that is found to keep
Is coal; as if we were naughty.
But it is depression that expressed,
Such tales of sadness within me;
For the coal must be compressed
To become a sparkling stone.
As pressure changes unsightly
To the hardest substance known,
And into one of the most stunning
Jewels there are in life –
So why from this am I running?
Through the toughest stress
And the enduring strife,
Help me bear the compress;
Though I don’t want this any longer,
If it is Your will, make me
Your gem; let this make me stronger!
And then, use Your blood and polish me
Turn me from dark and dirty
Into priceless clean crystal clarity!
Let it all bring to You the glory!
No hiding under bushels of safety
Help me shine for the world to see!
I believe that out of the worst,
You work for my good
So even if it now hurts
I’ll trust You and make the best
Of this as I should –
This polishing process.
As You whisk away the dirt
And all the grime
It will most definitely hurt
But it’s Your plan, I see.
So take Your time
Cleanse me, O Lord, cleanse me.
Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness.
Surely my soul remembers
And is bowed down within me.
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.” (Lamentations 3:19-25 NASB)
For if He causes grief,
Then He will have compassion
According to His abundant lovingkindness.
For He does not afflict willingly
Or grieve the sons of men. (Lamentations 3:32-33 NASB)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NASB)
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7 KJV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 KJV)
**Thanks to T. R. for helping me get the second stanza to work! 🙂