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Monday, October 4, 2010

Great Lesson to Start the Week!

I had planned to post about our wonderful, adventurous weekend with all the grandkids today, but a friend shared the following life lesson with me this morning. This illustrates one of those foundational truths we all need to hear. I thought of each of you and how we all go through trials and difficulties, each in our own way. I wanted to pass this along.

Praying it will bless you as much as it blessed me.



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 th efire 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.

~Author unknown

1 comment:

  1. Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful piece with us...thinking of me especially at this time. Perhaps at a later date I will be able to share with you how timely it is for me to read this now. Until then, know that the Lord has used you in a special way.

    Maybe tomorrow you'll share with us your adventure with the grandkids over the weekend!

    Oh...and canning season 2010 is officially over at the McBride household! WooHoo!


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