I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.
Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. - Isaiah 48:10
How many times in the past seven years have I just wanted a reset button? I wanted to go back to an easier time. A healthier time. A happier time.
Suffering does that, doesn't it? Chronic illness or disability. Divorce or betrayal. Addiction or ruin. Whether the issue is long-term or strikes like a snake, we are affected in ways that change us.
After something craters your life that drastically, there really is no possible way to go back. Suffering changes us. Tragedy shapes us. Grief contorts us.
So I find myself at a crossroads. Try my hardest to recapture my old self, or step bravely into the future that God has prepared for this new me.
And this is the beautiful truth that I am learning:
After something like this, things shouldn't be the same.
In the arms of Jesus, change becomes transformation. Loss becomes redemption. Betrayal becomes grace.
In the throne room of our Great God, despair melts into mercy. Raging melts into peace. Questioning melts into compassion.
A life lived in the Spirit changes grief into supernatural comfort. Changes cries and moans into beautiful prayer. Changes a heart of stone into one that beats only for Him.
If we are not made new after going through the refining fire of suffering of any kind, then we have missed the point, haven't we?
I choose to take that step... you know, the brave one? I choose to embrace the new person I have become. I choose to move forward, to face forward, instead of looking back.
Are you at a crossroads? How can we pray for you?
Dear Lord, thank You for refining me. Thank You for giving me a choice, even now. I will follow You forever, into this new life You have prepared for me. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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