I love the way God can use a story in His Word and bring it alive in a very relevant way. Sometimes the pain and fears we experience in life seem like the
furnaces. Very few of us will be literally thrown into a real fire, bound up like Daniel and his friends. However, I think the real significance here is that Jesus was with them, they were not even singed. They still had to go through the fire. Facing up to the fire is the first brutally honest step. Whatever it might be…He will bring us through, maybe not as quickly as we would like though!
I was writing this email recently in response to someone going through a personal fire:
This is where you are at the moment. God wants you to be brutally honest. A radical thought: sometimes a true acceptance of a painful place, surrendering to Gods most perfect will, painful or not, is exactly where God would have you be. He is interested in Your soul and sometimes our souls can only be molded to be like Christ in the suffering. He is not in a hurry to take the suffering away because He knows what our souls needs. Yes, My flesh sure hates this. James 1.
Bring all to God, the joys and the painful moments and ask God what He wants you to know about each thing. Then listen. Ask Him to help you do this and then watch the God of the universe mold you as He wants. The best.
Learning and choosing to love your husband moment by moment in the midst of all of this is tough but a calling on your life. God reminded me the other day that He has called me to be a wife. It is a sacred calling and I need help to do this. It sometimes means loving and respecting not only when I don’t feel like it but also when nothing comes back in return. Boy I have blown this sometimes. These guys need us and we each have our own unique guy to love.
Yes Lord please help us.