You can search the whole world for your breakthrough, when it’s actually a lot closer than you think. Whether you need a miracle in your health, finances, relationships, or peace of mind, it’s possible that the answer is right under your nose—or perhaps right under your feet.
In his classic book, Acres of Diamonds, Russell H. Conwell tells the story of a Persian man named Ali Hafed, who heard about the discovery of diamond mines in some parts of the world. Ali sold his large farm to travel throughout the world in search of a diamond mine that would make him extremely rich. After a fruitless search, he was so poor, broken, and defeated that he committed suicide.
One day the man who purchased Ali Hafed’s farm saw a flash of light from the stream where he was watering his camel, and he pulled out a huge, radiant stone out of the water. The man had discovered the diamond mine of Golcanda, the most magnificent mine in history. The moral to the story was that “Had Ali Hafed remained at home and dug in his own garden…he would have had acres of diamond.”
Ali Hafed was extremely close to his breakthrough, yet he died penniless and defeated because he never knew what he had.
Conwell’s story was first published in 1890, but its lessons still resonate today. Each of us is richer than we realize, but often we simply don’t know where to dig. Or perhaps we began to dig in the right place, but we gave up too soon—right on the brink of our breakthrough.
Too often, we don’t recognize the amazing blessings God has already given us:
- Jacob was in a barren desert when God gave him a supernatural revelation of a gateway to heaven. “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it,” he concluded (Genesis 28:16).
- Joshua was struggling with fear when God told him to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you,” the Lord assured him (Joshua 1:3). The territory already belonged to him, despite the appearance of walled cities and enemy nations.
- Paul told the Ephesians he was praying for their spiritual eyes to be enlightened to “know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18). And he told the Colossians that in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Like the diamonds concealed under Ali Hafed’s house, some of God’s treasures are hidden beneath the surface—and we won’t find them unless we are willing to DIG.
If you need a breakthrough today, remember this: You’ve already been given “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). So go ahead and enjoy the Lord, and start receiving everything He’s purchased for you. You’re a lot richer than you think.