I’ve been reading a book, Disability & The Gospel, that a friend lent me. It’s been a wonderful read and I’ll post a review of it in the next couple of days. But I wanted to post this quote today because it illustrated a beautiful truth of the gospel. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
“Let me remind you of the well-documented story of the Cullinan Diamond from which came the “Star of Africa.” This largest uncut diamond (something over 3,100 carats!) was mined in South Africa in 1905 and was eventually cut into nine large stones and about one hundred smaller ones. The largest, the “Star of Africa,” is over 530 carats alone and (with the other largest pieces) now resides in the crown jewels of the British royalty. After its initial discovery, there was much careful deliberation about how to transport this rare and priceless gem from Africa to Britain. As a diversionary tactic, multiple security guards accompanied a decoy shipment by boat to London. But in fact, the actual gem was shipped in a plain brown box by parcel post. Who would suspect such an unassuming package might contain untold wealth? Just so, God uses ‘plain brown packages’ like you and me to hold his priceless gem of the gospel of Christ. The container garners no glory. Rather, the inestimable value resides in the contents of the container. How much more so, when the container is characterized by brokenness, does the beauty of God’s grace and the hope of the gospel shine forth in all its glory.”