In southern Namibia, there rests a ghost town named Kolmanskop. In 1908, a German company was building a railroad through the region when a worker discovered diamonds spread along the ground, which could be seen with even in the moonlight. Prospectors quickly flocked to the area. What's amazing is for the first several years, diamonds were being picked up off the desert floor! By 1912 an entire town had sprung up in the middle of the desert with a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, casino, theater and more. But when the easily picked diamonds were gone, and mining became more difficult, the population moved on to other diamond finds on the African continent.
Obtaining diamonds is rarely that easy. Geologists and treasure hunters expend considerable effort to mine diamonds by one of three processes: open-pit mining, underground mining, or seabed mining. But once the diamonds are found, processing them into the forms which are displayed at the jewelry store is not yet complete. Diamonds are then put through a process of “dense medium separation”, which separates the diamond from other ore.
After the ore is separated, it is run through a grease belt that results in a little better, but still lumpy diamonds. Even then, most diamonds are never considered gem quality but are used for industrial purposes like drill bits and other applications. There is a small percentage that can be polished into gem quality that people want for their rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Diamonds are valuable because they are such a rare element (basically compressed carbon), and even amongst the discovered diamonds, only a small percentage become wedding rings or other immensely valuable pieces.
What a perfect metaphor for our kids! Each of them are “diamonds in the rough” who will require a long process of spiritual, intellectual, social and physical development.
Together, parents, family, teachers, pastors, and coaches are the ones who mine, separate and polish our kids into the diamonds God created them to be. That's why it's so very important that we as parents remember that our kids are valuable diamonds in the making. This is another reason why we must be wise when we choose a school and those who will surround and influence our kids. Find those who will carefully produce “gem quality” boys and girls whom the Lord will use for good in a world desperate for the peace and love provided by Jesus Christ (John 14:27).
To God the glory,
Dr. Erik Konsmo