Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s eye is one of my favorite stones.  It comes in a variety of colors, but it’s the amazing patterns within the stone that makes it so beautiful.  The chemistry is also fascinating.  Tiger’s eye is almost entirely composed of silicon dioxide, also known as quartz.  Quartz is the most common mineral on the planet; in fact ordinary sand is quartz.  So how does it make such a beautiful gemstone.  Well, tiger’s eye starts out as asbestos (yeah, the same stuff that ruins your lungs and gives you cancer).  But quartz slowly embeds itself between the asbestos fibers and eventually all of the asbestos is dissolved.  In the process the quartz takes on the pattern of the asbestos.  If it weren’t for the original asbestos fibers, you would just have a pile of boring old sand.

Our lives are a bit like this.  The trials we face can either scar us and make us bitter or we can choose to let our Heavenly Father’s love work within us.  It doesn’t mean that we won’t face trials, but it does mean that those trials will slowly (sometimes very slowly) lose their power to harm us.  And when it’s all said and done we’ll be able to look back and be grateful for the trials we overcame.  Without those trials we could never become the strong, amazing and beautiful people we are meant to be.

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