Life goes on…..
Our days are always spent in the refiner’s fire, if we truly belong to the refiner. At times, the fire is hot, purging out impurities, skimming the dross. Then are the times of cooling, when we think we are receiving God’s blessings. Let me tell you what I am learning… It is ALL God’s blessings, the heat and the cooling. It is a blessing to be conformed into the image of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ – MY BELOVED SAVIOUR! I have to admit, I don’t like what I’m going through right now. It is hard in my human-ness. But He is always with me, will never leave me nor forsake me, and is the lifter of my head.
I do receive those times of cooling, and last night was one of them. Emily was over yesterday, and because of issues at my house that I won’t go into, I asked if we could intrude on her evening and come home with her. Bill wasn’t up to it, so Dan and I went over to Emmie’s. Bub was at work, so it was girls’ night in. We had salsa and chips, baked chicken, rice, salad, and CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (thanks, Pam!). Then we watched the season one opener of “Alias”, which was FAR too intense for me. I’m the “You’ve Got Mail”, “Sound of Music”, “State Fair” type. The most intense thing I enjoy is “Sahara”. So, needless to say, it was WAY too much for me. But I did enjoy Emmie. She was so hyper, and it was hilarious! I don’t see her that way much, and it was REALLY fun. She was hopping about, cooking, giggling, making random comments about this really intense show. This is my multi-faceted daughter in law, and I’m so thankful God brought her to us. And, BTW, I was there for the exploding ball episode. We laughed until we hurt!
Back at home, where things are not perfect in human terms, the Lord God is ever present and at work. Our family draws closer, and hopefully we are letting ourselves be drawn to the Lord. He is faithful, even when the mess we are in is self inflicted. He knows we are but dust, and loves us anyway. But not just a pitiful love, but a love that works miracles in our lives. Thank you, Father!