From a few childhood experiences, and well into my adult life, I have found that each trial or disappointment I have gone through has in some way refined me, like fire refines silver. Have the trials been fun? I will say with a confident note, NO. Have they changed the way I react to situations and to people? Yes.
There have been mistakes and hardships along the way that have hurt me, and others. There has been anger and sadness and oh how it burned when things did not go “as planned.”
One of the items on my bucket list is to have a shiny silver convertible. I like the idea of silver over any other color. Zechariah 13:9 says: I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call my name, and I will answer them. I will say, “These are my people,” and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”
While reading that passage, the word “through” stuck out to me. It is when we go through tough times that we are refined by them. Perhaps each burning makes us a little more pure. But the most important thing I notice is that he doesn’t abandon us. He takes us through it so that must mean we can get to the other side. Sometimes the way seems so unclear and foggy, but at least He is with us. Somehow that gives me hope to endure and to keep striving.
I have found that when we are going through that fire or trial, that is when most people finally call out to Him to please help, and He does. It may not be in our time or in our ways, but He does. Sometimes when we can finally see that he did, we praise Him for it.
So with each burning, we become a little more refined. We become more patient, more kind, better listeners and less judging of others. We have the knowledge that we all go through the fire at some point in our lives. We realize how short life really is and therefore are more aware of what we do with our time and our lives. We begin to live on purpose and with passion.
Someday I am going to have that silver convertible. I do not know when or how, but I can see it now, just on the other side of this burning fire called my life.