I’d like, once again, to extend my apologies to you for letting my correspondence drop over the past year. I ran into several technical difficulties with the email and, not being a real techie, got discouraged. But my strength is renewed and I’m trying again.
We’re in a real drought right now in SE Texas that’s bringing record heat waves to our lives. That’s just a part of life. We do the best we know how to do and we pray… the rest is up to God. The Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust alike. I’d like to tweak that a bit and say that the heat comes to us all as well. But I have found that, as uncomfortable as it can be, when the fire comes, it can produce beautiful results on the backside of the burning.
Oysters that get grains of sand trapped underneath the muscle secrete a liquid that eventually produces a pearl, layer upon layer as a result of the discomfort. Coal under intense pressure produces diamonds. Gold and silver, in the fire, become more valuable as the impurities are burned out. Olive oil and wine bring great wealth to farmers and vinedressers, but only after the olives and grapes have been crushed. Real vegetation only grows in the valley; not the mountain. And you’ve all probably said at one time or another in your life, “No pain, no gain.”, as it relates to physical fitness.
The metaphors are numerous. The principle is singular. The truly good things in life only come from times of pressure and burning. I know that life is tough these days, but I encourage you to see the “fire” as your friend and not your enemy. If you’ll trust God with your life and take your concerns to Him in prayer, He is going to lead you through the tough place and cause you to come out the other side more valuable than when you went in.
Blessings on you today!