Acres of Diamonds
December 08, 2018
Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your Law.
- Psalm 119:18
It’s possible to be surrounded with wonderful things but be unable to see them. Jesus told the Pharisees they had eyes but couldn’t see. They needed their eyes opened.
We need God to open our eyes to see the wondrous things in our lives right now. There is a lot of good in our lives, but are our eyes open to see it?
Russell Conwell, the founder of Temple University, toured the Middle East back in 1870. Around the campfire one night, Mr. Conwell’s guide told him a life-changing story. It’s a hard-to-believe story, and yet it’s true. I want to share it with you:
A poor farmer named Ali Hafed lived in South Africa. He had an ox, a plow, a small house, and a family. In many ways, he was blessed. He was very content with his life—until a stranger came by his home. Suddenly, Hafed’s life no longer seemed so good to him.
You see, the stranger told Hafed about diamonds. Hafed listened to stories of people in India finding diamonds and getting fabulously rich, and he became discontented with his home, his family, and his life. He sold his farm, left his family, and went to look for diamonds.
Even though he searched and searched, Hafed never found any diamonds. He wrote a note to his family that said, “There are no diamonds anywhere.” Then he jumped into a raging, rocky river and took his own life.
Now hang on tight, because here comes part two. It’s incredible, but remember—it’s true.
The man who bought Hafed’s farm hooked up Hafed’s ox to Hafed’s plow and began to work the same fields Hafed had farmed. As the man plowed, he was annoyed by all the black rocks interrupting his plowing. He had to continuously stop to get them out of the way so he could farm his land.
As he worked, he noticed that the sun hitting one the rocks brought out rainbow colors. He thought it was pretty and he put one on the mantel of the little fireplace in his house for decoration.
One day the priest came to visit the man. The priest started to introduce himself but froze in mid-sentence when he saw the rock on the mantel.
The priest asked the man where he got the rock. The man said, “They’re all over my property. As a matter of fact, I can’t plow a field without running into so many I have to pile them up.”
Can you guess what the priest said? Yes, he told the man he was living in on acres of diamonds. They took it to a specialist and that first diamond was worth $25,000.00 back in the 1800s. The farm Hafed thought was worthless became one of the largest, most-prosperous diamond mines in the world.
Think about it for a minute. The man who took his own life by flinging himself into a river never realized he had been living on acres of diamonds. He thought he had to go somewhere else to find what he needed to make him happy.
Some of us keep believing there is something better out there somewhere else. Friend, let me tell you: If you know Jesus, you are living on acres of diamonds whether you know it or not. You don’t have to look “out there” for something else. You just have to open your eyes to what you have right in front of you.
The prodigal son learned that lesson. He thought there was something better “out there.” He thought what he wanted couldn’t be found in his father’s house. He went “out there” and searched, but he never found it. He realized his acres of diamonds were actually back home. He came to his senses and went back to his father’s house.
I’ve watched people walk away from a relationship with Jesus to look for something better “out there.” I’ve seen them leave church or leave their marriage to see if they could find something better out there, when they actually had their own acres of diamonds but didn’t open their eyes to see it.
Single people think, if I were married I would be happy. Married people think, if I could just be single I would be happy. We think a new car or a promotion will make us happy. What we really need is to open our eyes to the treasure in where we are right now.
You can make something out of where you are right now. Dig in your own backyard. There are acres of diamonds right in front of you. That’s why David asked God to open his eyes to the wondrous things around him. Don’t we all need to pray that same prayer?
Father, open my eyes to see my life in a different light. Help me appreciate what I have right now. Let me be grateful for the blessings you have generously sown into my life. Give me the ability to see that I am surrounded by acres of diamonds.
In Jesus name, Amen.
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account_circle C Wilson
What a story and such a profound message! Sad that the farmer took his life, but the lesson is profound. If we could only learn how not to complain but be more appreciative of what we have, we would be better able to see our diamonds. This message have me thinking of how much God has in store for us if at some point in our lives we did not become as the farmer who sold his land. we tend to give up so easily when we don't get what we want instead of persevering. Father, please open my eyes to see all the wondrous things in my life! Amen.
account_circle Nkechi Okpara
May God give us the grace to appreciate where we are and what we have in Jesus name Amen.