Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Refiner's Touch

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 the woman called up a silversmith 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 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 so 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 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. For 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 silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's the easy part -- when I see my image reflected in it."
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Right now, I am feeling the heat of the fire. The story about the Refiner's Touch made me smile and gave me strength to endure my current trial. Isn't it funny that I posted last Sunday about how much I wanted to be a reflection of Him? And now, here I am...I feel like shit and just a while ago, I really felt like giving up.

It's amazing how you stumble upon things that will give you answers and affirmations...I know He sees me. I know He loves me.

I have no complaints Lord because after all, I really want to be like You. It's just that I am really hurting and I really need more angels here on earth. Please send them, STAT. =D

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

*the picture is from here*

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3 comments:

Shannon Schnell said...

I cannot thank you enough for sharing this! I too have been feeling the heat. Your post reminded me that regardless of what I'm experencing, He's continually watching me- waiting to see His reflection.

Shannon Schnell said...

Thank you so very much for this post! I've been feeling the heat as well. You remimded me that regardless of what I'm experiencing, He's watching over me... waiting to se His reflection. Thank you for reminding me that He's with me- even in the midst of the fire.

Isis Grace Murillo said...

This is perfect sis!