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I will put this third through the fire; I willrefine them as silver is refined and test them as gold is tested. They willcall on My name, and I will answer them. I will say: They are My people, andthey will say: The LORD is ourGod."  (Zechariah 13: 9,HCSB).

Henever said the refinement process would be easy. Just the same, I shudder atfacing it. I know that it’s for my best. I know that I will be better for it.Just the same, I shy away at the sign of discomfort, of pain. I step back whenI see that this life lesson will hurt. Because I don’t like hurting. I’d ratherlive in a world without hurt and pain and loneliness. But I don ‘t. Therealities of this world are hard to stomach at times. Just this morning I heardof some awful things on the radio. It was hard for me to believe that a womancould be treated like that. But she was. This world is filled with muck andgrime, muck that our Savior wants to wash us free from. In order to do this, wehave to give Him free reign. We have to give him control, so that He can workand move and slowly make us into something more beautiful than we can imagine.When given the choice, I would honestly take the ultimate beauty over the worldlymuck, even if I do have to face trials and tribulations in the process. Whatabout you?

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