COALS IN THE FIRE

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Are you a scripture reader? If you are, read this. If you’re typically not, try it out and read this. I think this chunk of verses are some of the most comforting and ennobling in writing…“I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work.”

I’ve had times – they’re short – where I’ve been that lump of coal in the fire. Suddenly hot and uncomfortable and unsure of why there’s so much surrounding pressure, those trials are unexpected and surprising. You’re doing everything right – intentionally and willingly – and then suddenly it’s hot. So hot and so hard, you're suddenly begging for the serenity you didn't know you had. Because suddenly you're a lump of coal in the fire. Why?

I have had times – they’ve been long – when the fire burning that lump of coal was just hot enough to dislike, and just strong enough to keep its embers alive. That surrounding pressure never lets up. You shoulder up something with great hope for reprieve – maybe the heat will be gone tomorrow? – but it doesn't leave. Not tomorrow, anyway. Then the fire gets hotter. And harder to endure.

As I read those verses just now, those times flickered in my memory. Then I thought how I’ve survived them. Then I thought - there was a smith that blew that lump of coal in the fire, and a new instrument came from it all. If hard and hot times have come my way when I’ve been doing my best to do well, there’s been a reason.

And whether short or long, there’s been an end. An end that has always been more beautiful than the beginning.

“I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire.”

That heat is okay. All will be well. 
Photo, unedited: the farthest thing from coal but it'll do. It's from a sunset in July, post thunderstorm. Light broke through those clouds triumphantly. The end of that storm was infinitely more beautiful than its beginning.

5 comments:

  1. stunning post. thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. I needed this reminder today. Thanks so much! I teach in YW and last week I was talking with the girls that this life will always be full of trials, but it is our reaction to those trials that matter. Then my other YW leader made a fabulous comment. She said, "You know, whenever a new trial has come into my life - big or small - I say THANK YOU!! Thank you to Heavenly Father for trusting me enough to give me something hard that HE knows I can get through with His help! And I also know that at the end of every trial is an amazing blessing! I am always thankful for trials, because I know that the blessing at the end of enduring is great, wonderful, beautiful!" It was such a positive outlook on trials and it helped me so much! Thanks again for your sweet thoughts and such a great reminder! All will be well.

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    1. You are so kind, Amy, and I LOVE that you expounded on this! Thank YOU for sharing your friend's comment and your thoughts. That's such a vital perspective, isn't it - "Thanks for trusting me with this trial." It's a "What now?" vs. "Why me?" attitude, and I don't think there's any other way to get through hard things. Thanks again. xo.

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