Getting Burned

Big Apple BBQ We are literally hours before we have to be completely moved out of this house… but it is Ashe Wednesday and I just had to get this post up before walking out the front door for the last time! Have you ever gone through those times where you just yell out “God, seriously!  Why me? Again! C’mon!”  I know I was crying this out just last night.  Then this scripture and story comes to mind and it makes me smile :)

I was going through a very rough time a few years ago.  I had just moved to NY.  I left all my friends and moved further away from family to come to this place where I did not know a soul.  I started PA school and I was beginning to wonder why I even wanted to go back to get my masters degree.  I had classmates but no close friends at that time to get through this torture.  There was stress and tears… and more tears. On a particularly agonizing night of studying, I took a little break and sifted through some emails that I had been unable to get through until then.  One, was from a good friend back home.  It was one those group forwarded ones (yea, I usually skip those too.)  For some reason, I opened this one.  Here it is (from author unknown)

Malachi 3:3 “He will sit as a refiner and purifer of silver”

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.  She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought about the verse that says “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.  If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”

He smiled at her and answered, “oh, that’s easy– when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees HIS image in you.

 The Lord gave me that right when I was starting to doubt myself and my abilities.  He was just holding me in the fire to burn away my impurities.

 While you are in these “getting burned” times, talk with God about how He could be using this to bring about a change in you.


Above picture credit to my husband (Shared Appetite) from the Big Apple BBQ.  Jim and Nick’s Sausage. Mmmmmm :)


  1. Kathy Fuller says

    WOW what a great story – I always believe that when your in the fire that God is waiting to see if your faith will waiver – not matter how bad things got I never lost my faith or love for God

  2. Caitlin says

    ahhhhhh…………. i remember the first time you shared this with me. it was a true heart changer. i now consider it, as James says, a joy to be put to the flame because i know it means God’s up to something. thanks so much for the encouragement!!

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