Someone that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them truly stand out from the crowd.
The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process.
Over these last few years (weeks and months) I have allowed God to work and form me into the woman that He designed me to be. At first glance I might seem ordinary to you, but God doesn’t design ordinary. We are each individually crafted and designed into the gem He wants us to be. Each of us will shine in a different way and have unique ‘cuts’ that allow us to shine in specific lighting. I have come to realize that through the cutting and polishing I am a new jewel, treasured by the Jeweler, carefully crafted and gently polished so that I can shine for Him. God treasures me enough to help me find my hidden potential and make me stand out from the crowd. The cutting and polishing may not always be comfortable or enjoyable, but when all is said and done I will shine. The shining isn’t about me or who I am…but instead it is all about Christ and who I am in Him.
I can continue to allow the past to dictate who I am or I can allow the Jeweler to continue to cut and polish until I am the precious stone that He knows I am. I choose to be cut and polished, I choose to be a Diamond in the Rough. How about you?