A String in the Fiery Furnace

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 first dip in the hot wax causes the string to stiffen slightly.photo (39)

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

Each subsequent dip continues a transformation of the string.photo (40)photo (41)

Nick and his friends excitedly show us the changing string after each trip into the fiery furnace  – noting the new shape it was starting to take.photo (42)

“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.

And what began as a simple piece of string has now become a beacon of light that will shine for all to see.photo (44)

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…

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Luminary lit by sweet children who prayed for Zack on his 12th birthday…

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Luminaries lit by sweet children who prayed for Zack on his 12th birthday…

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Luminaries lit by sweet children who prayed for Zack on his 12th birthday…

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Luminary lit by sweet children who prayed for Zack on his 12th birthday…

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5 thoughts on “A String in the Fiery Furnace

  1. Wendy, you are truly and inspiration to many. Thank you for taking us on this journey of your joys, pains and healing with you!! God is truly leading you!! Love and Hugs!!

  2. love this entry! And Nickin an OKLAHOMA t-shirt made it seem even closer to home. As others have noted, I too needed this today. WOW! God sure knows how to use you as a mouthpiece for His word.