July 22, 2010

Refining

July 22, 2010
re-fine, a verb: to free from impurities or unwanted material; to free from moral imperfection, to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing.

Over the past two years the Lord has used these motherhood to work in me in way I never could have imagined. I often (very often) refer to it as a refining process. Through His refinement I have been brought to my knees more often and more often not understanding exactly what the Lord was trying to show me. I have had a difficult time explaining this process, but I recently came across a story that has summed it up so well:

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"

God is wanting to see His image in all of us and in order for that to happy there are going to be major and minor points of refinement that will have to take place. Whereas before I rebelled against this process I am now asking the Lord to continue to hold the fire in the places of my life and my heart that need to be heated and refined because I know He has his eye on me!

What has the Lord used in your life as a tool to refine you? How have you grown from this process.



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