There is a process in which precious stones and metals go through before its true value can be appreciated. These precious stones and metals are not easy to find and if anything it is hidden in the darkness. It takes skill, time and effort to find it, then it must go though a transformation process from cleaning, refining, melting, blasting, separating... before it is appreciated for what it is and the possibilities of its use can be understood.
To find things that are precious we must be willing to go fully equiped with light in search of hidden treasure within us. Each of us have gifts and talents that our hidden within us. We all have a purpose and this purpose is precious. In life we go through hardships and challenges, how we respond can keep us in a dark place or can release us into new things and possibilities. Now is the time to turn those hardships into precious treasures that will be beneficial for us and can be a gift to others. The purpose doesn't change its value because of hardship but it can add significant dimensions, skills and talents that increases the value in the gifts within us.
Don't discard your experience; in a safe environment shine light on it, learn from it, heal from it and re-purpose it. If your stuck in the darkness, keep seeking light and apply truth. Truth and light is the process that we must apply to every situation in order to gain understanding. Next time you are in a dark place, be the light. Jesus is the light we need and His truth is liberating.