We can so often get caught up in focusing on our circumstances and asking God to change them (rather quickly please, God) than being more apt to open our hearts and humbly ask God, whatever it takes, change me in this process. Teach me what it is you’re trying to show me and change who I am that I may come out being different than before. Closer to you Lord with a hunger and rest greater than yesterday’s.
A friend said to me recently, knowing circumstances we face, “You’re being pressed like gold. I mean, do you know what gold goes through to become gold?” (Paraphrasing what she said of course). This stirred up my heart thinking you know that’s right, so I decided to research what gold goes through from the mining to the store front shelf of a beautiful jewelry piece or whatever else gold can be utilized for.
Gold is the softest of metals. It is extremely flexible, can be pressed remarkably thin or even drawn out to be a fine wire. All this without breaking. It doesn’t rust or wither away like other metals. Gold goes through an intense process from drilling and blasting to the finished product. Miners drill in specific ways with machinery, the gold then separated, sifted, goes through a type of water cleaning, heated to extremely high temperatures, as well as separated again. After it’s formed into a bar, it is again melted down and goes through the final process of being made 99.9% pure. Gold is processed to the extent of the creator, being able to see his/her reflection in the gold they are processing.
This correlates so clearly to us as believers, the sanctification process of our lives and our own journey walking with the Lord. We can be pressed down but not crushed in dark trials. We go through the fires and storms. We are sifted, formed, reformed. The whole process of gold is extensive, takes ample amounts of effort, careful attention to detail and is a highly valued material in our world.
So is that of God’s love for us. So is that of our relationship with Christ, highly valued. We are so loved by God that His mercy sees fit to continually shake us, sift us, form us, through the process just to bring us closer to him. To continue to work in and through us, allowing situations and circumstances to help change us. This is why it is so crucial we never put our eyes or faith on any thing of ourselves or our possessions. Because there is only One who doesn’t fail and that is God. Within the process the creator should be able to see it’s reflection in the gold. Isn’t that so much as the Heart of God? We were made in His image, therefore we should portray the very reflection of Christ in our lives.
There is but only one way we can allow God to do His work in us, to change us, that is by the way of Faith properly placed in Christ’s finished work on Calvary. This is how we are able to rest and know that even in the darkest of times and trials, God is refining all these impurities out of us, the roots that are hidden. It comes to mind in saying this, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10. That is part of the refining process. As we face circumstances that may be dark or even unbearable to face – let us be reminded that in the process, we will come out more refined and that He wastes not one thing. He wastes no pain, no tears, no hurt, nothing – it will all be used for good. “And we know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Let us be humble and open our heart asking God to change us in the process instead of changing our difficult circumstances so quickly, that we don’t miss the valuable refining process that God uses to make us more Christ like, reflecting Him daily, bringing us closer to Him and more aware that the process is not our heaviness to bear. It is His.
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9