Todayâ€™s post,Â â€œCarolâ€™s Gems: Blue Topaz and Tanzanite,â€Â is a monthly series on birthstones from one of my favorite blogger friends, Carol Peterson. Carol is a writer with a heart for encouragement, sharing parables of faith on her blogÂ From Carolâ€™s QuillÂ and making learning exciting in Fun with Finance and other teacher resource books.
Each month has a birthstone. The birthstones for the month of DecemberÂ are the blue topaz…
And they both remind me of Jesus.
Blue topaz and tanzanite are popular gemstones used often in womenâ€™sÂ jewelry. But did you know that nearly all of the two gems found inÂ their natural state begin as dull, brownish stones? In fact, theÂ exquisite tanzaniteâ€”found at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in TanzaniaÂ in 1967 and nowhere else on earthâ€”was not recognized as a gemstoneÂ until a wildfire heated some of the brown stones on the ground andÂ turned them the rich purplish blue color we know today.Â It is heat that did it. And heat is also routinely applied to naturalÂ brownish topaz to turn that gemstone blue.
Our souls, tooâ€”in their natural stateâ€”are dull and brownish; filledÂ with unrepentant sin. We need Jesus to clean us up and make usÂ sparkle.
Scripture tells us that Jesus will make us white as snow. But when youÂ think of laundry back in Grandmaâ€™s day, you remember that she addedÂ bluing to the white load because blue-white was even whiter thanÂ white.
So, too can Jesus clean up our souls so that they are whiter than white.
Sometimes though, he has to do so by allowing us to go through fire.
This third I will put into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
and I will answer them;
I will say, â€˜They are my people,â€™
and they will say, â€˜The Lord is our God.â€™â€
And check this outâ€”scripture that combines both a refinerâ€™s fire AND aÂ laundry reference!
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when heÂ appears? For he will be like a refinerâ€™s fire or a laundererâ€™s soap.Â (Malachi 3:1-3)
God can transform our drab, brown souls into something that glorifiesÂ Him. He can turn them into something that reflects His glory.
I said last month that more than any other birthstones, yellow topazÂ and citrine best represented their birth month, Novemberâ€”a time forÂ autumn and harvest. But Decemberâ€™s blue topaz and blue/violetÂ tanzanite also nicely reflect their birth month, December. The colorÂ we humans most generally associate with baby boys? Blue. AppropriateÂ because during this month of December, we celebrate the human birth ofÂ the most precious baby boy in the history of humanityâ€”Jesus Emanuel.Â God with us.
Happy birthday to everyone born in the month of December.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the sparkling glimpses of yourÂ glory found in nature. Please clean us up and make us shineâ€”even ifÂ you have to put us through fire. We thank you that you are with usÂ always. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Is there a time you felt you went through fire butÂ came through knowing God had been with you?