Why Mining for Diamonds?
I chose to call this blog “Mining for Diamonds” because that is how I see our existence in this life. Diamonds are extremely rare, and formed under traumatic circumstances. They don’t start out looking anything like the finished product, but rather, as simple carbon deposits buried deep within the heart of the earth. It takes intense heat, pressure, and time for diamonds to form. They are almost always formed in darkness. By the time they make it through to the surface of the earth, even then, they are only in their “diamond in the rough” form. They still must go through a process of being cut, polished and set before they become the beautiful, expensive gemstones we wear today.
In many ways, the diamond has become a metaphor for my life. When I came to faith in Christ, I began a long, arduous process from a being simple carbon deposit to becoming a thing of incredible beauty and value.
It has been quite a journey.
I’ve played the violin for most of my life, all over the world! At 40-something years old, that's a long time. I’ve been to 34 nations and 47 states to date. I've played professionally in various capacities, and keep a fairly busy schedule performing and teaching. It's pretty much how I make my living. Music is a huge facet of my life, and mostly what I’m “known” for among my circle of family and friends. I have a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, and recently completed my Master’s Degree in the same. You can hear a bit of my playing here.
Lesser known but equally as important is my passion for writing. I have kept a journal for 30 years. I was inspired after reading Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl. I didn’t even realize how important writing was to me until, one day a few years ago, I realized that I could go days without touching my violin, but I would rarely skip a day of writing in my journal. My journals are intensely private, however based on the reactions to various things I’ve written publicly, I realized “hmm…maybe I am a writer.”
Although my journey has taken me all over the world and given me rich experiences too numerous to recount, (you can read a bit more details here) thus far the greatest, and at times most treacherous, portion of my journey has been that of my family of three: me, my daughter, and my husband.
I am currently in what I call an “unfinished marriage.” Because of my husband’s ongoing battles with serious mental health issues, I’ve found myself in a position of “solo” parenting our tween daughter for the past several years. Read on if you want to know more of that story, but needless to say, this one area of my life has been my greatest personal challenge. Being in a unique marriage situation has given me ample opportunity to appreciate how God can take the darkest part of our journey and turn it into something as precious and priceless as a diamond. In this blog, I hope to be able to share some of that journey.
In the midst of the darkness, He has been faithful beyond measure, and filled me with hope and joy. My goal is to share with you some of the ways in which God has met me in the darkness, and prayerfully encourage you with the hope that He can do the same for you, whatever your circumstances. One of my favorite verses is found in Galatians 6:9...it gives me the strength to keep on keeping on.
God is faithful. He has loved me, my daughter, and my husband with an everlasting love...and even though the fate of our family and my marriage yet remains uncertain, I am confident that our due season to reap a harvest of priceless treasure will come. I hope you will consider joining me on the journey to see just how He does that!