"I Feel Like a Lump of Coal"
Carbon is also used to make other substances stronger. An example is when it is mixed with iron to make steel. Relationships with others and with God are an important part of life. This can be difficult in the current situation. Strains are put on relationships at home and we ask questions about where God is in all this. But carbon on its own can become very strong. Running blades used by athletes are made of 100% carbon fibre. The fibres are arranged in a specific way to become incredibly strong, enabling speed for those who need that extra help. We sometimes struggle with aspects of our lives - emotionally, spiritually and physically - but God will give us more strength as the burdens grow greater.
Then there are diamonds - the hardest known natural substance, capable of cutting and grinding for industrial purposes or to make beautiful jewellery. But diamonds are only formed under pressure. Maybe we don’t feel very useful or valuable at the moment. But remember, it is the pressure that forms the diamonds. We were formed by God - he has plans and purposes for us - and while we are under pressure, remember that this is a time of development for what he has in future for us. Losing my husband was a very difficult time. I became depressed and felt weighed down because of the burdens. I didn’t know it then, but that experience has been used to help others. Time has changed in the way we talk about mental health and there is more openness now. Pressure causes problems but the long term results can turn into a real blessing.
Carbon has been described as ‘the element of life’. Carbon is made by God, not man. I believe God uses us all in many different ways - some we may not even know yet - but he created us all uniquely. We are all ‘carbon’ and equally valued in his sight. Be encouraged. Please contact the church if you are affected by any of these things - we will be happy to support you.