A plain piece of string dangles gently – unsuspecting of the journey ahead.
The children giggle as they patiently wait in line for their turn.
And the fiery trial begins for the string.
“Don’t be surprised at the fiery trails you are
going through as if something strange were
happening to you” 1 Peter 4:1213
“A faith that leaves us unprepared for suffering is a false faith that deserves to be lost.” ~Randy Alcorn
And after more than fifteen trips into the fiery furnace, the string has been transformed completely.
All because of a journey through the fiery trials.
Truth: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2 NIV).
We will all walk through fiery trials in this life. But as believers, we have the promise that we are never alone. Jesus is right there with us all the way.
And it is during those trials that our faith will be truly tested.
And the testing of our faith, I think, can possibly become our finest hour in glorifying God.
Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of. ~Charles Spurgeon
And what we learn and become through our trials can transform us a beacon of light that will shine for all to see.
And we can all become beacons of light by using our trials and suffering to reach out and help others going through trials.
And perhaps we can find some purpose, and maybe even a little beauty, in our own trials by loving someone else during their own trials – a moment at a time…