The Crucible

The Crucible
By Freda Reynolds 2006

IMG_0394I did not choose this crucible of mine
I can not escape except in God’s own time
I can only stay and praise
That He will bring me forth from this Malaise
More valuable, more honorable to declare His Story
So I can be used to bring Him Glory
For I did not choose this crucible
It’s My Father’s choice to make me useable.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed, perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”  2 Corinthians 4:6-11 NASB

Has God ever placed you in his “crucible”?  A crucible is a cup or bowl like vessel which is used to heat material to a very high temperature in order to burn off the dross.   God’s refiner’s fire purifies us and forms us into the image of his Son.

The refiner’s fire is never a place we choose.  It causes the ugly, the dross inside of us to surface.  It shows our true human nature, our most sinful ugly self.

BUT GOD

Can change a heart
Can make all things new
Can cause ALL things to work together for our good, even hard, difficult things,
If you are willing to let Him weave your life into a beautiful tapestry.

When the days are dark and you are weighed down with grief, God is still in your midst. You may not be able to see or understand but he promises to be there and to make a way where there seems to be no way.

(Refiner’s fire Brian Doekson)

God’s ultimate purpose is that His Glory will shine and bring forth life in others.  Death in us will bring life to others–our children, fellow Christians, and those in community with us. We are learning to walk by faith and not by sight.  God knows. He is omnipotent. He sees.  He is omniscient.  God is always there.  He is omnipresent.  He is working a beautiful tapestry in our lives.  The poem made popular by Corrie Ten Boom has always been one of my favorites. One line says:

“The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned”

The dark times we see are different from His perspective.  God is weaving a beautiful tapestry in our lives.

Life is but a Weaving (The Tapestry Poem)

By: Corrie ten Boom

My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.

(Mandisa Press On)

Freda

One thought on “The Crucible

  1. Beth Brown

    Scripture, poetry, music and your encouagement is powerful! Thank you Freda for taking time out of your BUSY life to share with us! Bless all of you including Bonnie !!

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