Tuesday, January 25

Through the Fire

This post is based around some pics I took back in October at a pumpkin fest. It was a blacksmith exhibit  and he was making something (I can't remember now!) The one thing that caught my attention was how the blacksmith had to put the iron into the fire for it to get hot enough to bend. He couldn't work with it unless it was very hot. The picture above is him placing the piece of iron in the fire. He had to leave it there until the time came when it was ready to begin being shaped.
He then took it out, examined if it was hot enough, saw it wasn't and put it back in the fire.

Finally, it was ready to begin shaping it. So he began to hammering the piece of iron into a shape. He hammered and hammered and hammered.

He kept turning it and beating it trying to get the shape he desired.
Notice how he kept turning the piece of iron from one side to the other.

As I watched the blacksmith beat the piece of iron out, I was reminded that God has to do that with our lives too. I once heard a pastor say, "All sunshine makes a desert." What he was saying was that if everything was always great in our lives all the time, nothing would grow. For flowers, trees, and grass to grow there has to be rain. Nothing grows when its only sunshine.
Same here with this piece of iron. God doesn't want for us to stay the same. We have to have a time of shaping so we can begin looking more like Christ. We can't become more like Christ if everything is good all the time- if there's no fire. It's through the waiting, bending and hammering that Christ makes us into something that can be useful to him, to others.

What is God using in your life right to shape you into becoming more like Him?
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  1. Love your page! And what a FANTASTIC post! It's through those "refining" times that I have to stop and recognize that God is holding onto me tighter than at any other time. So glad I found your blog to remind me that He's at work! (found your blog through Melanie Redd's page)

  2. Cherie! So nice to meet you here at Joy Treasure! I am so thrilled you found the site!!

    I especially loved what you had to say about 'God is holding onto me tighter than at any other time." We are never without His touch and He is always constantly working things out in our lives for His good.

    I am so glad you found my blog too! I found Melanie through a mutual friends blog- SmellingCoffee. That's a great one too!

    Blessing to you my friend! And thanks for the comment and for following Joy Treasure!
    Joy 2 U!


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