Monday, May 14, 2012

The Refiner's Fire

Well, I seem to have taken an unplanned blog break.

We had another round of ascites, with youngest daughter being in the hospital for three days after Easter.  Add to that a few emotional meltdowns (her, not me) and some broken rules.  I just plain was in a funk for a while, and didn't feel like I had much to say.  Much as I try to stay positive, sometimes discouragement gets the best of me. 

I can honestly say that there is no way that I would get through this (and life in general) without my faith.  God has carried me so many times when I had no strength to stand on my own.  The saddest part of all of this, for me, is that my daughter is a prodigal.

I was on our church's ladies retreat this past weekend, and our speaker shared this story.

The Refiner's Fire
(Author Unknown)

Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver."

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"

He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy - when I see my image in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Yes, I am in the fire right now, but it's for a purpose.  It's to burn away the impurities and to make me more like Him.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Sue,
I'm sorry things have been difficult lately, but you're right, He's allowing these trials to come your way so that you will become more like Him!
The late David Wilkerson {one of my all-time favourite preachers} preached on The Refiner's Fire years ago and my hubby also did a Study on it.
What a blessing it is to realize that the Lord is in charge of the refining process and He does this so that He is reflected in you. Stay strong and keep the faith. I will pray for you.


Veronica said...

Please be encouraged. I know that it must be very tough, I certainly don't want to minimize what you are going through; but this I know...God is faithful! He sees all, knows all and is constantly working in our lives. Some things I admit I will never understand, but then He did tell us that "His ways are higher that ours..."
Wish I could give you a good 'ol hug, but instead I pray that you feel my prayers and love.