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What’s Inside John Piper’s Geodes?

By Tom Chantry

Here’s a true story: A man I once knew traveled during his youth to Colorado with a friend who was a knowledgeable mineralogist. They stopped at a field to take in the view, and as they walked the mineralogist stooped to pick up a roundish, mud-colored rock. With great excitement he took it back to his pickup, found a tool, and broke it open to reveal purplish crystals. He had found and recognized an amethyst geode. Now upon looking about, this man realized that the field was full of roundish, mud-colored rocks, and – knowing something of the price of these gemstones – he immediately went into town, found a land office, and bought the field. He then spent a few days gathering geodes, which he shipped out in a rented truck. He relisted the property before leaving town. Eventually it sold, but he had already turned a tidy profit by harvesting and selling amethyst from the rocks.

In addition to providing a real-life illustration of the Parable of the Buried Treasure, he demonstrated one important trait of the field geologist. It’s true that a field geologist needs to be able to walk through fields, to gather rocks, to break them up with hammers, and such like. However, what makes him effective is his ability to tell the difference between a rare or valuable rock and a common, ordinary, run-of-the-mill rock. He can discern one thing from another; that’s what geological training is all about. He has a form of discernment.




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