Inner Formations

Recently, I received a magazine selling unusual jewelry.  I appreciate unusual jewelry, although I have as much use of them as a tit on a male wild boar hog, as my brother would graphically say.  The necklace was of exquisitely formed crystals inside a round, unspectacular rock orb, sliced in half.  The outside gives little indication of the surprise inside, one source calling it the earth’s Easter Egg.

I read up on the rock formation known as a geode or agate geode.  It was formed as a shell of trapped air in a volcanic flow, and the resulting hollow space filled repeatedly with water and minerals over thousands of years as crystals formed from the outer walls inward.

That almost makes my skin tingle with impatience, as I am a product of the present generation who wants quick results.  We don’t want to wait for anything, and get frustrated when we hear something will take a long time to come to fruition.  We have a hard time coping with the concept with delayed gratification.  Yet, the first-grader must wait years before graduation, the wine maker must allow the grape juice to ferment into fine wine, and the pregnant woman must wait nine months for baby to reach full gestation in her womb.

A life of experiences brings wisdom, although some discerning young people can be wise before their age.  Even though our outer “crust” might resemble that of a geode, the more mature godly person can develop an inner beauty over a lifetime that surprises and delights those who would spend the time and effort to examine them.  How so, you wonder?  Spend time with them, ask questions, ask for advise, include their participation in events.

How do they “grow” this beauty?  Like the agate, they allow the water of righteousness, the following of higher standards, and the love of/for others to flow continually through their lives.  It builds spiritual formations.

This is just speculation on my part, but I wonder if our lives are like the geodes.  God forms us and gives us access to all the right ingredients to start developing something unusual and spectacular.  It continuances for all our lives and beyond the grave, even on into eternity with that slow build over thousands of years.  The geode eventually fills up with glorious elements.  But it is not accomplished tomorrow or the day after.

“For in the gospel God’s righteousness is being revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous will live by faith.’ ”  (Romans 1:17)