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Polishing Rocks

There are many other art mediums I enjoy creating with.  Just as pigment for painting comes out of the earth, so do (potentially) beautiful rocks.  Some rocks I acquire are as “roughs”, which means they have quite jagged edges because they have not been already partially smoothed by some form of water and grit.  These are Botswana Agates in the rough:

rough botswana

It takes about 9 or 10 weeks of continual tumbling in a rock polisher, going through 5 levels of grit and polishing compound to produce rocks like these:

rocks2

It is magical to see the transformation. I try to remember that the process is a metaphor regarding personal, internal transformation.  When I was in jr. high my Sunday School teacher encouraged us to memorize James 1.  I still recall the first few verses – “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends.  Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.”  Trials certainly come in all levels of grit, and I guess the more irritating ones knock down the rough edges the fastest.

 

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