Monday, September 8, 2008


Malachi 3:3 says:
"He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

A woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.

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 again 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 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.'


God, as a new week begins- thank you for this reminder, that you NEVER take your eyes off of us or leave us for a moment. May you see your image more clearly in me today.

Grace and Peace,



Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom said...

Hey DDC! It's Erin...Thanks for the great encouragment everyday! I love your picts and how you hit right to the heart! It's nice to have such great visuals...helps drive the point a little deeper! Blessings!

Pops and Nana said...

Honey Baby! GREAT blog! What a beautiful picture of God WITH ME all the time as He refines me to be like Him! Awesome!!!