#375: Lives Tempered Like Steel
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I was reading about the blacksmith's of the western, frontier exploration days. They were magnificent artisans who learned that the secret to strong steel products was tempering the product with heat and cold. They would fire the horseshoe or other item until it was red hot, shape it with hammers and other tools then dip it into a barrel of cold water. This alternating heating and cooler made the steel more easily shaped and gave it it's strength.
That made me wonder about our lives and how we live through trials and tribulations nearly daily. Even though we don't ask for troubles, it is by going through the fire of trials that we are led to the cooling water that makes us stronger and more durable.
It is naive to believe we will enjoy lives of bliss and joy and sunshine and never suffer through stormy times. But if we recognize these times of stress as tests that will make us stronger, they will be easier to endure.
It is frustrating and sometimes depressing to feel overwhelmed with problem after problem. That is why I believe we need to have a focus on life that lifts our eyes and our spirits to a higher plane than that we undergo through daily living. It is reassuring to know there is a reason for the troubles we endure. We may not recognize the reason for them until much, much later, but if we keep our hearts open we will eventually be able to see why we faced such trials.
Having such a focus will enable us to realize that our difficulties will one day pass and that we will be stronger for having endured them. No, troubles are not pleasant to live with. Life would likely be so much happier if there was a constant supply of sunshine and joy. But, as the seasons change from the heat of summer to the cold of winter, so will our lives change from happiness to sadness, from bliss to despair. All designed to make us stronger.
As we are reminded in Romans 8:28,"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose."