Once upon a time a young lady lived in a land full of beautiful hills and amazing peace.
She was in love; or so she believed. She and this boy came from such different back grounds, different lifestyles, and different beliefs. Yet, this did not stop her from loving him. Wanting to please him, and be there for him.
She was heartbroken when he had to leave the peaceful land for a noisier place. She vowed to visit him soon. She kept to her promise. She ventured to the noisy, darker land to see her love. That is when things went very wrong. Her love, during that visit, was abused. Her trust was broken. Her innocence was stolen. She came home to the beauty of her land: confused, hurt, and deeply scarred. Her land didn’t seem beautiful anymore.
She began to doubt simple truths in life. She began to doubt even herself. Her ability to understand dark from light, good from bad, right from wrong. After all, she pondered, if she could allow such darkness to take over, surely she mustn’t be all that bright of a light.
You see, when darkness took place that fateful day, it wasn’t the obvious, insidious kind of evil we all know to stay away from. IT was the kind that lures us. The kind that slowly boils and you never realize it has taken hold of you until at the moment you see it and you are so confused.
She knew and knows this young man was not evil; he did not intend evil, but he allowed his wants to overtake him and evil to influence his mind, to take what was not his. To steal a gift that wasn’t his to take.
Over the years the young woman has reflected and realized maybe, just maybe, (at least in her case, her situation) she wasn’t so clear. Maybe just maybe her no wasn’t loud enough, wasn’t out loud, wasn’t strong, wasn’t there. What if….
BUT…NONE OF THAT MATTERS….that is the true gift she has learned. It truly doesn’t matter. She may not be clear of the events of that day but it will not be her prison. It will not be her darkness. The past is the past and she will not let darkness cloud her love for life. She knows in her heart, that boy, a man now, never intended to hurt her so deeply, to rip her spirit. He was motivated by a selfish, fleshly want, and allowed himself to not be led by the Holy Spirit. And she was motivated by pleasing and fear of rejection.
This young lady took years to unravel the web of darkness; to shed light on this darkness; to feel worthy of being loved. In the midst of her unraveling and healing a rogue knight came into her life. He was rough around the edges but she saw a glimmer of internal light he wasn’t even aware of.
He helped her melt away the confusion, the pain, the fear, the hurt, the darkness. Yet, each year she still felt a cloud engulfing her during a particular time, a particular month, a particular day.
Then one year, on that dark memory of a day, she discovered an amethyst. Some may find this an ordinary gem, but she knew this gem would shine brighter than any she had ever seen. God presented this beautiful amazing gift to her to replace the dark cloud of those memories. He wanted to erase that dark day, those feelings…with light, with a reminder that HE loves her! That she is beautiful. From evil and darkness, God CAN conquer! Purity can arise, can outshine and replace the dark.
That is exactly what this beautiful amethyst did. Each year that passed by, this precious gem grew, got brighter; the darkness became smaller and less important.
One Year, the amethyst turned colors to a glorious Ruby. That Ruby lasted about 5 years. It was a deep, passionate reminder how Christ shed His blood for us because he LOVES US. She IS worthy of love. She IS amazing.
Then, one year that ruby turned into the most brilliant deep sapphire. It radiated, glowed, sparkled and shone with such brilliance, there was no room for darkness to reside any more.
It created a space in the woman’s heart to realize she not only forgave that boy of past, but there was room for him in her heart to love him, to pray for him. She prayed he was having as beautiful and blessed of a life as she was. She truly loved him. Loved him for, also, being a child of God.
That sapphire continues to shine even brighter each year. That sapphire is a reminder of Mary’s purity, a reminder of Joseph’s silent strength, of Jesus’ pure sacrifice and undying love. And a glorious reminder of God’s forever mercy and grace.
This story is truly a story of FAITH HOPE AND LOVE.
LOVE….I do love my life!!!
I adore my knight! He surrounds me with security, trust, and peace!
My sapphire is the most amazing gem. I can’t help but feel my breath get caught in my throat every time I look at her.
How and why God felt me worthy to be trusted with such a precious gift, I do not know, I do not question.
I simply say: THANK YOU, LORD….I LOVE YOU, LORD!
I love, laugh, and live with abundance of joy and light!
I know that shame lives in darkness. Satan wants us to live in shame, fear, regret, guilt.
CHRIST IS LIGHT!!!!
We must choose to step away from the darkness into the light. Because that light is so glorious, so warm, so inviting.
THE LIGHT wants us to feel nothing but: