Find God in the Diamond Planet

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Find God in the Diamond Planet

By Dianne E. Butts:

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Recently scientists found “a planet made largely of diamond, astronomers say” in a CBSNews.com story “Astronomers spot ‘diamond planet.’” According to the article, “At least a third of the planet’s mass is likely pure diamond.” What a find! Of course my imagination ran wild. If you can follow where my imagination took me, you too might find God in the Diamond Planet.

My first thought was about the description of the beautiful New Jerusalem described in the book of Revelation in the Bible. You see, after the Battle of Armageddon and the near destruction of the entire earth, God will recreate a new earth to make it inhabitable again.

Included is a brand new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven which is described as being so beautiful it is like “a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Revelation 21:2). This new Jerusalem has a wall that has twelve foundations decorated with rare and beautiful jewels (see Revelation 21:14-21).

So one of those foundations just has to be decorated with diamonds, right? And a diamond planet would provide enough diamonds to decorate that foundation, right?

Wrong. I went and looked (Revelation 21:19-20). The twelve foundations are decorated with:

  1. Jasper
  2. Sapphire
  3. Chalcedony
  4. Emerald
  5. Sardonyx
  6. Carnelian
  7. Chrysolite
  8. Beryl
  9. Topaz
  10. Chrysoprase
  11. Jacinth
  12. Amethyst

But no foundation decorated with diamonds. If you want to see what those twelve stones look like, there are pictures in this article: “What does Heaven Look like?”

There are twelve gates in the city, “each gate made of a single pearl” (Revelation 21:21). Those are some big pearls. If you ever wondered, that’s where all those jokes of meeting Saint Peter at the “Pearly Gates” come from.

But there is no foundation decorated with diamonds or a gate made of a diamond. So how can we find God in the Diamond Planet?

Well there’s a wedding!

Revelation 19:7 says, “the wedding of the lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”

The Lamb is Jesus. Who is Jesus’ bride? The church, which is collectively all the people who believe in Him! (Are you among us?)

So what is needed at a wedding? Why a diamond ring, of course. And if you have the Son of God, who actually is the God of the universe come in flesh and Who is infinite, marrying a bride who is made up of all the true believers in Christ of all time, what size of a diamond might you need for that ring? Would a diamond the size of a planet be sufficient?

And that’s how I came to find God in the Diamond Planet.

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Bio: © Dianne E. Butts’ new book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, just released for the Christmas season. Her last book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). Visit her blog at  www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.comwww.DianneEButts.com

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Find God in Spring Flowers in Winter (Forcing Bulbs)

By Dianne E. Butts:

The best time to plant spring flowers outside is in fall or early winter, but by ‘forcing bulbs’  you can make them bloom when you want, even indoors.

 

Spring Flowers by mconnors

In fall or early winter you may not be thinking of spring flowers. But that is the best time (if you ground is not yet frozen) to plant bulbs outside: tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, Dutch iris, Striped Squills, and more.

As I planted some bulbs recently, I tried to imagine how they will look next spring. I found out there is a way make them bloom even earlier, indoors.

In order for a spring bulb to make a flower, it must first be chilled (but not frozen) for “eight to 15 weeks” for most varieties of bulbs according to the “Forcing Spring Bulbs” article from Better Homes and Gardens. If the bulb freezes, it will kill the flower and the bulb. But if it is not chilled long enough, it will not flower either.

You can artificially chill bulbs by putting them in a refrigerator, cold shed or garage. Then you can make them bloom when you want them to and enjoy them in a pot in your home, or enjoy them even if you live in a place that does not get cold enough to chill them. This is called “forcing” the bulbs. If you want to try this, here are some instructions:

  • Pack the bulb in moist peat moss in a plastic bag,
  • Put them inside a black plastic trash bag to block the light so they won’t try to grow prematurely,
  • Put then in your refrigerator, but do not store them in the same compartment as fruit. The fruit gives off a gas that will kill the flower.
  • Don’t put them in the freezer! Again, if the bulb freezes it will die.
  • After 12 – 14 weeks, plant them in a pot of potting mix, water, and set them in your home out of direct sunlight. They will soon grow and bloom for you.

You can find more information in the “Flower Bulbs FAQs” section of this article by the International Bulb Society.

How did I find God in spring flower bulbs? To me, burying them is like death. Yet in the spring, they come back to life!

Jesus died.  He was buried in a tomb. Three days later He rose from the dead.

Jesus came back to life. In him there is eternal life for everyone who believes in Him. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

In Revelation 1:18 Jesus said “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Wow!

Next spring when you see tulips and daffodils and hyacinth and other spring flowers that came from bulbs planted this fall or early winter, I hope you’ll contemplate how they, like Jesus, have been “in the grave” over the winter and were “dead” but now are alive again! If you think about this, you’ll be finding God in spring flower bulbs.

You can also plant bulbs in a pot first and then chill them. Learn how to force hyacinth bulbs from this greenhouse in Fort Collins, Colorado:

 © Dianne E. Butts. Dianne’s new book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, just released for the Christmas season. Her last book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). Visit her blog at  www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.comwww.DianneEButts.com

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Find God: End of the World (Mayan Calendar)

By Dianne E. Butts:

Is it possible to find God in all this talk about the end of the world  and the Mayan calendar?

 

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For years I have heard the Mayan calendar ended on 12/21/12. Many people were speculating about or even predicting cataclysmic events that could bring about the actual end of the calendar for all mankind.

In other words, then end of the world.

Well here we are. And we’re still here.

Some people predicted the earth’s poles could reverse—the north pole becoming south and the south pole become north. The result of the world’s poles “rolling over” could be devastating, possibly the same event that caused the demise of the dinosaurs. Others predicted volcanic eruptions or devastating natural phenomena, possibly so severe it could make our planet uninhabitable.

December 21, 2012 marked “the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar” reports the article, “Mayan calendar ends; world doesn’t”, on CBSnews.com. That article reports people showed up to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza in t-shirts sporting the words “The End of the World: I Was There” and that the end of the world was a popular hashtag topic on Twitter.

Yet the date has come and gone and we’re still here.

While some people may have been fearful of “The End,” others make fun of it. Perhaps when the day’s end progressed around the earth we felt a silent sigh of relief.

However, there’s one thing about this whole deal that I take very, very seriously. And that is that I believe it has–in some less tangible way–diminished the seriousness of the situation our world is truly in.

The truth is, this world is not going to last forever. There is an end coming—an end to the world as we know it. I believe that not because the Mayans said so (actually they didn’t, they just said their calendar ended and some people took that idea and ran with it) but because God said it.

We read about it the Bible in passages like Matthew 24 and I highly recommend you read that whole chapter. Here’s an excerpt:

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:4-14, NIV 1984).

Some people may laugh and put me the class of kooks. I don’t care. I absolutely believe it will happen just as Jesus predicted. Many Christians are sounding the warnings these very days. We look around and see clearly what is happening in our world and we’re not laughing.

This is serious business. Are you laughing at me? Or are you heeding the warning? If you’re listening to the warning, then you just might find (the true) God in all this talk about the Mayan end of the world.

 Bio: © Dianne E. Butts’ new book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, just released for the Christmas season. Her last book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). Visit her blog at www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.comwww.DianneEButts.com

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