Todayâ€™s post, â€œCarol’s Gems: Changing Colors,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 blog From Carolâ€™s Quill and making learning exciting in Fun with Finance and other teacher resource books.
There are two birthstones for the month of Octoberâ€”tourmaline andÂ opal. And they both remind me of Jesus.
Tourmaline comes in a variety of colors. More interestingly,Â tourmaline often contains several colors in the same gemstone. TheÂ watermelon tourmaline is a great example. It is banded in green, whiteÂ and pink. In gemstone symbolism, the three colors in watermelonÂ tourmaline bring together compassion and spiritual love. Sounds likeÂ Jesus.
Wearing pink tourmaline supposedly brings out a personâ€™s inner child.Â Since Jesus reminds us that the kingdom of heaven belongs to theÂ little children (Matthew 19:14), maybe we should wear pink tourmalineÂ every day.
Opals are formed when silica gel seeps into the sedimentary strata andÂ hardens. As a result of this process, opals contain a high amount ofÂ waterâ€”up to 10% of the total weight of the stone. Thus, opals are bothÂ a stone and waterâ€”just as Jesus is our cornerstone and is also theÂ living water.
Tourmaline and Opal
What is unique about these stones is that they both frequently displayÂ several colors in the same stone. Itâ€™s as if each stone contains itsÂ own little rainbowâ€”Godâ€™s promise to us and to Himself after the flood.Â That promise was fulfilled through Jesus who came to save usâ€”not justÂ from a floodâ€”but so that we might live with him in heaven.
Happy birthday to everyone born in the month of October.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for creating so much beauty in thisÂ worldâ€”even in the very building materials that make up this world.Â Thank you that you have placed these reminders of your glory everywhere. Please open our eyes to see them and open our hearts toÂ see you around us. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Which of these two birthstones do you prefer?