The Crucible (7 of 7): “Timing”


As a refiner, I can make a hefty mess of the newly molten-ed metal.  Now liquid, the soup is poured out from the Crucible and into a preselected mold to cool.  The timing of this move is critical.  If I empty this ‘new creation’ too soon, the slag and metal could be malformed and be of sub-quality for use.  If I allow the mass to stay in the Crucible too long, it will get stuck; never wanting to leave the comfort of it’s coffin-shaped bed.

When my Savior Refiner dropped me in the Crucible on June 3rd, all I could do was trust that this inferno was merely a flicker to Him.  When my Savior Refiner allowed me to experience the heat of grief and the singe of loss, all I could do was watch my pride and self-reliance melt away.    And now that my Savior Refiner has poured me into a new mold, all I can do is rely on His plan and purpose.  He will either keep me in the mold to ‘cool’ or pop me out to be used.  Either way, it will be in His perfect timing.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Welcome to the Crucible.

Peace,

todd

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One thought on “The Crucible (7 of 7): “Timing”

  1. Unknown says:

    Dear Mr. Stocker,
    I believe that God is using you right now and has “popped you out to be used.” The story of your grief and how you turned to God during what could only be the darkest moment of your life, and then to be able to share your journey with the world is a testament to the power of God. I have been in awe every time I read your blog, and have learned to rely more in him for my trival problems, because if you can make it through this and STILL trust in him, I can too. I will have tragedies in my life, and I can only hope that I can encounter them with as much grace and understanding in God’s will as you have.

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