Dust to Diamonds

By B.J. Funk –

Before there was Adam as a human, there was Adam as dust made up of fine particles of dirt. Only God could have looked at unimportant particles of dirt and seen the potential of a soul hidden within the grey, airy, and even disgusting looking substance. And that God would then know that this powder-like good-for-nothing-dust could become, by his touch, good-for-something captures us inside of an unveiling and glorious miracle. While the common eye would only see a feathery substance, something to be swept aside and ignored, the eye of God saw within that substance something of beauty. He didn’t see dust. He saw beyond the dust to the diamond within.

And, God has been doing that ever since the Garden of Eden. He sees beyond what others would discard and captures the beauty within.

Isn’t is just like our God to find what is considered not important, even disgusting, and touch it with his grace, molding it into something of beauty? What was started in the Garden of Eden continued with Jesus. His entire ministry enveloped the forgotten, the outcast, and the nobodies of society, touching them and making them into somebodies. He saw beauty in their insignificance and made them significantly beautiful. He changed them from what they were to what he knew they could be.

He touched a leper and called him Clean. He healed a paralytic and called him Son. He healed the man with a shriveled hand and called him Restored. He healed the woman with an issue of blood and called her Daughter. He touched a man’s deaf ears and named him Be Open! He touched the eyes of a blind man and called him Blind No More! Twenty six healings by Jesus are listed in the Gospels. Twenty six times that we know of when Jesus continued the theme of changing dust into something restored and dignified.

I am grateful that God saw beyond my dust and found a diamond within. He looked deeper than the feathery, disassembled dust of me, and saw something else. Something of worth. It is only because of his stamp of approval on my dust that I have any chance in this world. The dust and sin of me would be the winner had not Jesus come along and claimed me as his.

Mariam Webster writes that dust is a particle into which something disintegrates. So, when Adam was in that pre-human state, he was simply a disintegrating particle. We might call him dustkind. God, however, saw great possibilities in dust, so much so that he made his creation of man as his finest hour. His best work ever. The sterling prize of creation! He touched simple dust with the radiance of life and called it beautiful. He put love inside of simple dust, making a heart to care, tears to cry, emotions to feel the pain of others. Simple dust became Diamond Dust as God looked at his best creation and called it good!

The glorious and brilliant language of Genesis 2:7 gives us reason to celebrate what our disintegrating particle became. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life, and the man morphed immediately from lifeless to life. With God’s breath came an awesome privilege, and supremely marvelous characteristics would follow. This adored creation would be able to talk with his Creator, to commune with the very One who blew the breath of life into his nostrils. There is no indication that God shared his breath with any other of his creation. Only man moves in and out of each day, alive because of God’s breath. 

You were created to have a vibrant, one on one, living relationship with a living God. You were created to be that free soul created out of dust, living your life in victory and love.

Michelangelo said of his work, “I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free.” God saw the beauty of man in dust, and he molded him until he set him free. You are God’s treasure, the diamond he found in the dust.

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