A friend shared a vision of an angel stirring a large pot. Looking into the pot she saw the angel was stirring Gold. I was immediately taken back to an Aluminum smelter on the Columbia River. The huge ‘pots’ used to melt aluminum were massive, thick, and required intense tools and challenging situations for men to render the metal they were mixing.
The thought came, “What is the temperature for melting gold? Gold is a soft metal and melts at 1,947 degrees F. I meditated on that. Then…Our soft bodies and minds suffering intense situations. Not such a lovely image!
What was the temperature of:
Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness?
The garden of Gethsemane?
The Hebrew children backed against the Red Sea?
David’s return to Ziklag to find his city burned and all their people taken captive?
The temperature of Stephen’s stoning?
Our Persoanl temptations?
These are some of the refining experiences I think of. Is your cross difficult to bare today? Are you feeling lost and alone? The little olive can relate. It is plucked from its source on the tree where it has grown and filled out and a huge stone is added to crush the seed so the precious and fragrant oil can be poured out.
1 Peter 1:6-8a In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be you have been grieved by various trials. That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.
1 Peter 4: 12-13 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy,
These trials are limited by their season. We will get through them. Keep your focus on Him. See Ecclesiastes 3.
Psalm 66:12 You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich abundance.
Pam – A Mother in Israel and daughter of the King.
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