Praise Him in your storm

“No matter what we go through, no matter where we’re standing, we should never stop worshipping.”

He is the God that gives and takes away, and then gives again. That’s right, God does not take away anything from us without blessing us again. He has our best interest. We are his most precious creation. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than them?” 

Often times we find ourselves in situations where we really do not know what to do. I know, it can be so frustrating especially when you have had your entire life planned and under control and then suddenly nothing works out, you lose everything. Now what do you do? Where do you go?

As I was talking to my dad today, he mentioned something very interesting that grasped my attention. He said, “perhaps this is where God wants to meet with you – in the storm.” Perhaps this is where God wants to show me that He is truly in control. I’ve never thought of it that way. We can get so busy trying to figure everything out ourselves and forget to trust God with our plans. We have to keep in mind that “we can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” I’ve been focusing so much on planning and achieving and there came a point where things were not going as planned.

I quickly realized I was completely overlooking what God was trying to show me through this season of my life. So I just took a moment, kneeled before Him and just worshipped. Without asking any questions, on my bedroom floor I worshipped – thanking him for who He is, for what He’s doing and for where He has me at the moment. No matter what we go through, no matter where we’re standing, we should never stop worshipping.

Whatever your storm may be, perhaps it’s your marriage, you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, your health, or financial stress, just take a moment and praise Him – praise Him through your storm and see His hands move. The almighty God, the creator and owner of all things; our provider, our healer, our comforter, our advocate wants to meet you in your storm – Oh, bless His holy name!

 

D. Arelis XO

Refined by fire

“THE CRUCIBLE FOR SILVER AND THE FURNACE FOR GOLD, BUT THE LORD TESTS THE HEART” – PROVERBS 17:3

 

A crucible or a furnace is a metal container that is used to melt metals and other substances at a very high temperature in order to refine them. Metaphorically speaking, we undergo the same process through life. God refines us by turning up the furnace of life. It is through the fire where our true heart is revealed.

The job of the potter is very time consuming and requires a whole lot of patience. If the piece of clay breaks in the process, the potter needs to start all over again. God is the potter and we are the clay – we are His masterpiece. He is constantly molding us throughout life.

As I was reading on how a piece of ceramic art is made, I came across these steps.
1. The first step is the preparation process – choosing a piece of clay.
2. Then we have the wedging process – through this process the clay is squeezed, pushed, forced, to thoroughly blend it and remove air bubbles. If air bubbles are not removed, the clay will explode when placed in the furnace and your piece of art will be completely ruined.
3. The forming process – through this process the clay is molded and formed into a shape. This can be done through several methods: pinch, wheel, or slab.
4. The drying process – the clay dries and becomes stiff.
5. The leatherhard process – the piece is partially dried and stiff allowing the potter to start the refining process, which consists of bending and carving the unnecessary parts out.
6. The greenware process – the piece is completely dried and can no longer be bend. It is now ready for the fire.
7. Bisque firing – the piece is placed in the fire to harden.
8. The glazing process – the piece gets taken out of the heat and undergoes the glazing process. Glaze is spread over the entire piece.
9. The glaze firing process – through this process the piece is put into the fire again. (Side note: it’s a three-day process).
10. Last but not least, we have the overglaze firing process – through this process the piece is placed in the fire again in order to achieve certain effects that were not possible in the glaze firing process. What a process, huh?
This is exactly how life feels like sometimes, intense and overwhelming. You are placed into the fire over and over again feeling the heat of the furnace getting higher each time. Unfortunately only a few withstand this process. Are you willing to press through the process?
D. Arelis XO