On May 2nd of this year, I wrote an article entitled, Just Smile And Know That God Is Working. Someone had re-tweeted this on my twitter account this morning which made me want to go back and read it again. What’s so amazing is that I could have written that very same post today, changing out only a few details. Bottom line, not much has changed for me since I wrote that. When it rains it pours, and I’m still waiting for the dark clouds to pass – LOL (it’s hard to believe, but it’s true!). But like always, I keep a smile on my face and KNOW THAT GOD IS WORKING! Maybe God is like that one lady I used to work with years ago, she was constantly taking breaks! If you added up the hours, she was on break much longer than what she actually worked. HAHAHAHA – I don’t really think God is like that, but it was a funny thought anyway!
A comment was left on my blog for that posting on May 2nd, and I thought that I would post it here today in case you have not seen it. Enjoy….
The following story is a great example of how the LORD teaches and molds us through life’s trials:
There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three which says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” (Malachi 3:3) This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week this woman called up a silver smith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silver smith, 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 he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.
She asked the silver smith 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 even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silver smith, “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!
So, on that note, if you too seem to be going through ‘the fire’ these days, I wish you the strength and will power to carry on and know that better days are coming! Stay healthy, without our health it makes everything worse and harder for us to press on!
God’s at work and his plan is in action – how can we fear?