For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Battle worn and scarred, my refining endurance lagged.
This week’s trials buff and rub me, but am I shining as an example to Him?
Now tired and weary, I run to Him because His yoke is easy and burden light?
How can these two opposing ideas be breathed in the same breathe?
God both refines me, but if I come to Him, weary and heavy-laden, He gives me rest?
This too shall pass? We live in seasons of test, running the race, and then finding resting places in Christ.
Christianity is not a 50 yard dash; it resembles long distance racing.
When racing, we can stumble and fall. Other times, we can sprint through with ease.
What do we learn from each race? The race compares to the refining fires our lives.
What is God’s purpose today. What trials do we face? Why do we face them? To come out the other end like gold.
Then, we find rest and He binds our wounds with tender-loving care.
We hate the running and refinement. I hate cars breaking down; sickness in the house; disasters in my finances; and the list grows and never ends.
At then end of the race, I receive my medal. After I climb a mountain, I look over the valleys in awe of the beauty.