Pain Transformed

Pain Transformed

You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3

Deep in the cavernous darkness of the stony cold mountain a miracle is happening. Unseen and hidden away, the elements of darkness are being transformed in their very essence to a gemstone, their obscurity filled with light and brilliance. What was once black and opaque is becoming transparent. Under incredible pressure and extreme temperature, something strong and beautiful is emerging.

One day there is a rumble on the mountain. Light pierces the darkness, and that which has been hidden is revealed. Through the smoky pillars of rising dust, something glimmers.

The Searcher of Treasure recognizes the gleam that beckons him deep. Carefully, barely restraining his zeal, the Searcher becomes a Finder. He extracts the treasure and gently places it in his bag. Bearing it carefully in its velvet pouch as he navigates the eery blackness, he soon reaches the light of day. In his hands he holds a glistening diamond.

Suffering is man’s path from obscurity and darkness into the light of transformation. Like scattered fragments of the blackest coal beneath the mountain, broken hearts can be transformed by the mysterious power of the pain, the pressure, the extremes of unexpected loss and unexplained evil. Through the cruel process a miracle is happening; something strong and beautiful is emerging.

Our God searches for such treasure. He seeks those who yield their pain to His miraculous transformation. Such treasures are carefully taken up in His scarred hands, handled gently. For He has special regard for the hurting. He intimately understands such pain.

One day, the hurting ones will be completely changed. They will adorn the royal diadem in the hand of their God. Chosen for their rare and fine brilliance, they will lead the nations in worship around the throne of God.

Lord, help me persevere through the pain of this life. Make me Your own treasure. Amen.

About Audrey Frank

Audrey Frank is an author, speaker, and storyteller. The stories she shares are brave and true. They give voice to those whose words are silenced by shame, the hard things in life that don’t make sense, and the losses that leave us wondering if we will survive. Her upcoming book, From Shame to Honor, is an outpouring of Audrey’s heart to introduce others to the God of Instead. You can also find Audrey at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.


  1. Bettilu Davies says:


  2. I guess we are on the same wavelength because I used that same verse in my blog post today. I love you insight!

  3. Danetta, I love the imagery you used in this post and the way you portray God’s search for us as His precious treasures. You put pain and suffering in proper perspective. You made your opening verse come to life. Thank you!

  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    So beautifully worded! I had to read it twice because it was so impactful!

  5. Barbara Harvey Carter Barbara Harvey Carter says:

    Danetta, I loved how you set this post up, hooking the reader in with the creation of a diamond and then relating it to the Christian’s transformation into a precious gem.

  6. Thank you, Bettilu Davies. Your encouragement means so much.

  7. Barbara, I was looking over the last few posts and had missed your comment. I am honored to be on the same wavelength with you! Blessings today.

  8. Patti, thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I am so glad this post spoke to you. Blessings to you today.

  9. Laurie, I had to read the post over and over to make sure it was clear:). Thank you for cheering me on.

  10. Barbara Harvey Carter, your kind encouragement was just what I needed to keep writing today! Thank you.

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