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“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one
of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. (Matt. 13:45-46 NIV)"

Some time ago, I dreamt about a chest, similar to a pirate’s chest, which was sitting on a
table. The chest was stunning, made of rich mahogany wood, hinges shining of pure gold.
Upon opening the chest, I discovered jewels of every kind and color imaginable: deep red
rubies, sky-blue aquamarines, sparkling diamonds, purple amethysts, multi-colored opals,
tigers’ eyes, onyx, citrines, garnets, pearls and emeralds.  There were rings, necklaces,
brooches, earrings, bracelets, and loose gems.  The chest was so full, when I opened it the
jewels spilled out, cascading onto the table. Rays of sunlight splashed onto the jewels,
making their colors even richer and sending fragments of rainbow hues over the table.

I believe this is how God looks at us – as a vessel, a chest, if you will – full of jewels.  He
looks at our hearts and sees a sparkling blood-red ruby.  Other than the diamond, the ruby
is the hardest gem known to man.  Natural rubies have imperfections in them, just like our
hearts.  But when God looks at our hearts, He doesn't see the hardness or imperfections;
He sees the strength of the heart, the power of the beat, both of which come from Him.  He
pours His love for us into our ruby hearts.

God looks at our lungs, and because He breathes His life into us he sees sparkling
diamonds that are clear and pure.  When diamonds are moved in the light, they become
“alive” as the clarity – the clearness – refracts into multi-facets.  As we breathe and move in
Him, who is alive within us, our lives should be clear and transparent so others can see
Jesus in us.

When our Father looks into our eyes, He sees jewels of different colors – golden amber,
brilliant aquamarine, emerald green, deep dark onyx.  If the eyes are truly the window to our
souls, as some say, just imagine the beauty God sees as He looks at our souls through our

When God looks at you, He sees who He created you to be – not the person you see when
you look in the mirror. He doesn't see the flaws you see; He sees your ruby heart of
gentleness and kindness.  He doesn’t see the lackluster of your diamond lungs; He sees
that you shared Him when you gave that homeless man money for a meal.  He doesn’t see
the weaknesses in your soul; He sees His strength working in and through you.  He doesn’t
remember the sin you confessed because He cast it into the depths of the sea, never to be
remembered again. 
(see Micah 7:15; Isaiah 43:25)

God sees each of us as a jewel – we are jewels in His eyes.  And He considers us to be the
Pearl of Great Price.(see Matthew 13:45-46 KJV)  God gave away His most precious
possession, His Son, to purchase us – the Pearls of Great Price. He has placed a high price
on you and on me because we are so valuable to Him.  Pearls shine with a luster and glow
and our lives, even our countenance, shine because He lives within us.

When our Abba Father looks at us – at YOU – He sees beauty, value and worth. He sees
rubies, diamonds, emeralds and onyx.  He sees jewels and Pearls of Great Price, because
that is who we are to Him.

Used by Permission, Copyright 2011 Edwina E. Cowgill, All Rights Reserved

About Edwina E. Cowgill:

  • Freelance Writer; on-line publications include Houston Examiner, International
    Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and Southeast Diocese of the
  • Serves as a Commissioned Minister for Congregational Care in her church, counsel
    for women, and has served as Prayer Director, Bible Study Teacher, and with the
    worship team
  • Holds a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Christian Counseling from LOGOS Christian
    College and University, 2005, and is a Certified Behavioral Analyst
  • Married, blessed with two adult children and one grandson
  • Loves to read, cross stitch, and play the piano


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