Day 144: Forged in the Fire (Part One) (May 24)

Have you ever felt you were being forged in the fire? Have you ever felt life pressing in on you in such a way that you are certain you will be changed when it’s all said and done? Have you ever felt like your soul is screaming for relief, and then a moment comes when that scream of helplessness becomes a cry of victory and an unwillingness to be defeated by the world?  That shift in your heart and soul when you discover a stream of strength that was tucked deep in the caverns of your soul?  Would you have ever found it if life was always easy?  Aren’t you glad you found it?

I looked up a description of the forging process and discovered that forging produces a piece that is stronger than a machined part.  When the metal is shaped during forging, its internal grain texture is changed.  It sounds to me like it strengthens the part from the inside out.

We must be forged in the fire if we are to withstand the pressures and temptations of this life.

My grandparents lived through the great depression.  My grandmother would occasionally talk about what life was like during that time, but not often.  I could tell it was so hard and seemed unworthy to bring into remembrance.  But they lived through it and were likely stronger because of it.  My mom has walked out some extremely challenging life situations during her life, and none were of her own choosing.  But now, she is one of the strongest people I know.  Life brought some hard situations my way too, some of my own consequences and others put upon me, but none defeated me.  I have something so solid in my heart and soul that I am aware God has made me moldable to Him, but unbreakable to the world.  It’s beyond stubbornness, it’s a God forged part of my character.       I fully intend to carry on the legacy of my family line by not only being a survivor, but always finding a way to thrive.  That character was only burned into me from being forged in the fire. And the courage to withstand the forging came from knowing my mom and grandmother had already withstood the flames.

This came partly from deciding not to turn away from a challenge.  It came from not being a victim.  It came from countless hours on my knees before the Father and at the piano worshiping my heart into a place of surrender.

Even now, while walking out the unknown, I am forcing my heart to stay steady on God.  I am completely honest with God about how I am feeling, but I’m making daily decisions to remain grateful and to remember His promises over my life.

Have you been forged in the fire?

It’s hot and it’s uncomfortable.  At times I have felt like I would literally die, but just then Relief comes.

This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.  They will call on My name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’  Zechariah 13:9

For You, O God, have tested us; You refined us like silver.  You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.  You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.  Psalm 66:10-12