No Pressure, No Diamonds

April 13, 2016

I’ll admit, when Hilary showed me this diamond piece, it wasn't my favorite. (Shhh, don't tell her.) "Where is the sparkle?" I asked. "Where is the bling?" (I'm a sucker for bling.)

Let me just tell you upfront, I am not cool. Not gansta. I am yoga pants and flip flops, y'all. There, I said it. Moving along... So I see this piece, and I’m thinking Why would you have a symbol of a sparkly diamond when you could just wear something sparkly? “Oh no,” she says. “No pressure? No diamonds.”

Let’s talk science for a minute. You know how diamonds are made, don’t you? No? Well don’t feel bad, even scientists are still taking their best guess at exactly how it happens. The believe diamonds are formed by taking carbon, heating it to 2200 degrees (water boils at 312) and applying 725,000 lbs of pressure (atmospheric pressure is normally about 14. Even a steam locomotive boiler operates at about 300 psi.)

Take some dirt, add a whole lot of heat and a whole lot of pressure, chisel off the outer layer to reveal the inner beauty, and you have yourself a diamond. But no pressure? No diamond.

And then there’s us.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

A little piece of dust, subjected to heat and pressure.

Oh the pressure. Oh, the fire. Oh, the everyday – cannot make it one more hour, wide open 90 miles an hour from 5 am til 10 pm – pressure. Time commitments and financial worries, and ‘Goodnight mama, Oh and oops, I forgot to tell you I need 10 cotton balls and a rutabaga for my science project tomorrow. Also I signed you up to bring homemade cake to class, love you!’ stress, and are-you-kidding-me sibling arguments.

Yes, that. All that.

No pressure, no diamond.

This piece isn’t about looking at our circumstances. It’s about keeping our eyes on the big picture. Don't look at the dirt of today, stay strong - diamonds are in process.

It’s not just a jewelry piece recommended by Gangsta Karen and the ShineALot Crew, but a physical, gentle reminder that everything will turn out just fine.

It’s not what we see in the moment. It’s a good friend who comes along, grabs us by the hand and shows us a different perspective – shows us the good, the hope, the light that we miss and reminds us that while we see a little coal, they see nothing but sparkle.

Pressure now... Keep going. Stay strong. It’s only for a short time.

Diamond later.

You got this, friend. 


Gangster K and ShineMaster Hil-a-beans (or Karen, ShineBlog Editor, and Hilary, aka MamaShine)



Here and now I'm in the fire,

In above my head

Being held under the pressure,

Don't know what'll be left

But it's here in the ashes I'm finding treasure

He's making diamonds, diamonds

Making diamonds out of dust

He is refining in his timing

He's making diamonds out of us... ~ Hawk Nelson

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