Saturday, August 3, 2013

Reflection in Silver

One lady proposed to visit a silversmith and begged the silversmith to tell her about the process of refining silver.

After he had fully described it to her, she asked, "But Sir, do you sit while the work of refining is going on?"

"Oh, yes madam," replied the silversmith; "I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured." 

The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort too, of the expression, "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." 

God sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for us. Our trials do not come at random, and He will not let us be tested beyond what we can endure. 

Before she left, the lady asked one final question, "When do you know the process is complete?" "Why that is quite simple," 

replied the silversmith. "When I can see my own image in the silver, the refining process is finished."