Life gets heavy, when I say heavy I mean heavy heavy!
There are times that life can get so tough that you pray for a way to tap out.
Many buckle under the pressure, some find ways to escape mentally or even physically.
Drugs are an escape to alter ones state of mind… life ain’t so heavy when you are floating on a cloud.
There are those who simply run out of what they think are the only options, so they end it.
I get it! I can empathize with both! I have fought the demon of the latter more often than I care to think about. Especially as of late.
I have often heard the heaviness of life referred to as ” being thrown in the fire or having your feet to the fire.” And I always thought it was a reference to catching or going through hell.
In my growth in Christ I have realized that fire isn’t necessarily always a bad thing!
Don’t get me wrong, it is going to burn and it is undoubtedly going to hurt.
But sometimes we have to hurt to heal. (I have always despised that saying.)
I strive to look at my trials, tribulations, hard times, heavy times as the REFINERS FIRE!
The Bible speaks of it in Malachi 3:2, and I thank the Lord for leading to the passage.
The above mentioned is process used to purify metal. The Refiner (God) uses the heat of the fire to reduce the metal to nearly a liquid state to get the impurity’s out, which purifies the metal (Gold).
That heaviness and pressure that we feel when life gets heavy and we can’t go on is just like that fire.
The heat in our lives is turned up at times to get some of the impure things out of us so that we can be the best that we can be.
Yes it hurts, but being turned nearly into liquid can’t feel too good either.
The good news is that once the gold cools down after removed from the fire, it is beautiful and pure, it doesn’t look anything like what it went through.
If we could just learn to HOLD ON as life turns the heat up on us and God removes unclean things from us, we will become whole again. We won’t even look like what we went through to get there.
It is difficult and God knows there are times that I truly want to quit. But, I am trusting God(and keeping my eyes and heart focused on Him) to take me THROUGH THE FIRE, so that I can be my best me.
Hold on, I know the fire is hot and you feel like you are being taken out, but God is the refiner of all refiners and He is working it out for your good!!
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