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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Refiner's fire

I think I may have shared this before, but I read it again this week, and it struck me, again.
The language and examples may be old, but the truth behind it remains the same.

"I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument." Isaiah 41:15

"A bar of steel worth five dollar, when wrought into horseshoes, is worth ten dollars. If made into needles, it is worth three hundred and fifty dollars; if into penknife blades, it is worth third-two thousand dollars; if into springs for watches it is worth two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. What a drilling the poor bar must undergo to be worth this! But the more it is manipulated, the more it is hammered, and passed through the fire, and beaten and pounded and polished, the greater the value.
May this parable help us to be silent, still, and long-suffering. Those who suffer most are capable of yielding most: and it is through pain that God is getting the most out of us, for His glory and the blessing of others." Streams in the Desert

Sometimes we don't understand God's ways. This Sunday at church our pastor mentioned the story of the Israelites command to march around the city of Jericho, in the book of Joshua. Logically, marching around a city made no sense. They should have been planning a siege. Cutting off the water supply, starving them out. Settling in for a long and drawn out battle, while sharpening their spears and arrows. Instead, God had them march around the city, playing instruments and singing praise.
I can promise you that there were doubts. Questions. Skeptics.
But, and here is the important part, they did it. THEY DID IT.
They marched, and played their trumpets and sang praise while they marched.

So, we are marching too. Ours plans are not the same as HIS. Our timing is not the same as HIS. Even though it sometimes requires being hammered and passed through the fire in order to be the shape needed, our family will continue to march. One step at a time, singing as we go.
Please, sing with us. The harmony of others being hammered and passed through the fire, yet marching and singing too - that is the most beautiful song in the world.


Carrie said...

What a beautiful example! I tried to call you today but didn't get ya! Hoping to hear some good news soon!

EmileeHopeBinkleyTurner said...

Love your post today Betsy! What an encouragement to continue singing and praising, even though it may not always seem to make the most sense at the moment, He knows what is best and has a perfect plan and perfect timing for us and knows why we have to go through what we do, so that we can be the best that we can be.

Karen said...

Loved the example in this devotion about the value of the steel changing as the refining increased...

And amen...the children of Israel just DID IT...regardless of the questions and doubts...kinda makes you wonder just what the Lord would do if we just DID IT all the time instead of trying to always figure everything out....

Tricia said...

I like that quote.