Diamonds In The RoughSunday, June 19, 2011 | Written by Lenya Heitzig
Recently, as I helped a friend accessorize an outfit for a special occasion at a nice department store. I decided to pull off my diamond stud earring to try on a funky piece of costume jewelry. As I untwisted the back of the earring I thought, "Lenya, don't put this on the counter. You'll forget to pick it up." Ignoring the nagging voice within, I feel in love with the shiny baubles, paid for them, and promptly left the store and my diamond earring behind. Several hours later, as our family ate dinner, I remembered. "Oh no! I left my diamond earring at the store."
My son, said, "Mom that was dumb. You'll never get it back."
"Oh yes I will," I responded, "I believe in prayer and that people do good things."
After prayer, I called the store to share my plight. And wouldn't you know it. The earring was behind the counter safely tucked away in a bag. I retrieved it first thing the next day.
Jesus understood that something more priceless than a diamond earring waited in the lost and found of life. He came to seek and save human beings that were lost. You might say these people, including me, were diamonds in the rough. They included prostitutes, murderers, and thieves. Before salvation, we wallowed at the bottom of the lost and found heap: a single mitten, a broken pair of glasses, or a tattered paperback book. But when the Master retrieved us we became jewels of joy.
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Hi Lenya, I just experienced a time when we lost our cat. The door was left open and she walked out. Searched for her all night without success. I cried and prayed that God would watch over her and bring her back to us. It takes a lot of faith to hand over the situation to God. I know now how God loves us that this nice lady found her and brought her home. Yes! how faithful are we to wait on God? It was blessing that I will always cherish. Thank you Lenya for all your teachings.
Posted 9/5/2011 6:34:12 PM by Karen Davis
Lenya, as I was reading " Recently, as I helped a friend...." I wanted to tell you that even though you do not know me you have been my friend for well over a year now. I love the way you and your team are always ready to help your lady friends. I too am helping a very young friend of mine become acquainted with Jesus and get used to reading the Bible. Last month she asked me, "Are there only men in the Bible?" At that moment I remembered your teachings on The Women in Genesis and we are now studying that.
A friend who helps a friend, who helps a friend. Isn´t that the way Jesus said it should be done? Thank you for being my friend.
Posted 6/25/2011 8:18:00 PM by ana fausta a.fagundes, Campinas, S.Paulo,Brazil
Lenya, thank you so much for sharing what I practice. Go to God in prayer for everything. It is amazing how He allows us to find things that are lost. I lost an earring once and someone told me I would never find it. I prayed and two days later I found it in my car where I had looked before. I think this is a excellent thing to teach children when they are young. If they can't find a toy take it to the Lord and it will become such a habit that will carry them all through their lives. Love your short hair.
Posted 6/23/2011 9:34:22 AM by Terry Thrasher