The other day I was doing some housekeeping in my back office & came across a few blogs that I had written & either never finished or posted. A few months ago, I would have deleted them & moved on. As a blogger & writer, you learn to write in the moment and what I have always struggled with is that if it isn’t posted right away, maybe I shouldn’t post it at all. I guess in my blogger’s head I felt “if I don’t share it right now, it must not need to be shared”. Thankfully, earlier this summer, I was listening to a writer’s podcast & they said that just because something isn’t relevant for you [me, the writer] right now, doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant for someone else & they encouraged the idea of sharing old writing.
So in the spirit of that: I wrote this last year sometime as I felt God really shifting the direction of this blog. I thought I had a clear & concise direction, but as God loves to do, He turned me toward another path heading in a totally different & unexpected direction:
“God has been doing some big work in my life, my direction, & my call. When I started this blog back in March [of 2015], I knew going into it, where it started would not be where it ended up. Just like everything else in life, it is an ever-evolving process. Changing, adapting, & switching gears based on where life has been going. A few posts back, I said that I didn’t want to write just because; I really want the content of HFL to be content that is actually worth reading, not just a bunch of mindless chatter– because we all have enough of that in our lives already.”
That is all I had written, but as I read it I realized that is still very relevant to what God is doing in my life & with this place. Blogging, writing, & business are ever-changing, just like our faith & the call in our lives. When God calls us to do something, whatever it may be, we are always in a place of refinement. To refine means to bring the impurities out of something through the process of heating it up over & over again [refiner’s fire].
For me, He has continued to refined me as I have stepped out on faith & acted in obedience. He has refined the direction of this place & taken out the impurities & the unnecessary things & has guided the process of what HFL is supposed to be. He continues to refine the direction & confirms it time & time again, knowing I will get in the way & begin to doubt what I am doing if He doesn’t continue to put me through that refining fire.
As I started to look in the idea of being refined Psalm 66:10-12 really jumped out at me:
For you, Oh God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
If you have ever seen a sword or knife being made, you understand this process. A bladesmith uses fire to soften the metal & bring out the impurities & weaknesses in it. He then hammers it. Beating on it as it is red-hot. Then molding it into the shape it needs it to be. This happens over & over again, until the smith has the shape he needs. Next is quenching, which is dunking it into water or oil to harden the metal, but even still it isn’t over. Then he begins to grind on the metal to give definition to that metal & create the sharp edge. This whole process continues over & over & over, until the smith is happy with the end result & knows he has a blade that will do the job it needs to do & be strong enough to handle the demands it will have placed on it.
Can you see how that is no different from what God does for us? He continues to refine us & put us through the fire & then we go through seasons where we feel like we are drowning & then we are shaped through that experience to do the exact job that God has designed us for. A job that we would not be capable of doing if it weren’t for that refining, quenching, & sharpening process.
“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10
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