Peter, A Breath of Fresh Air
We are getting ready for the big estate sale doing all kinds of tasks, moving boxes around, rearranging our home, pulling stuff out I have not seen since I was a child and even polishing the silver! I found two silver pitchers, a salad set and other silver and silver plated items. It occurred to me that it would look a lot nicer and get a higher price if I polished the items. So I went to work at rubbing off all the caked on grey to black tarnish that had accumulated over the years of being stored away and not used.
I worked for a couple of hours on a few items and I’m not finished yet! However, the items I have finished look brand new! Underneath all the years of lack of care, their beauty has been restored! Not only does the light bounce off the pitchers in beauty, I can see my reflection in them just like a mirror! Now, these items have much greater value, so much so, I probably will keep them! (OR, let others enjoy their beauty and the care they need to keep shining!)
God is polishing and refining us as His children. As we stray, the tarnish and gunk of the world builds up on our hearts and shows on our faces. We reflect the Light less and become dull.
Our trials either break us or grow our faith. It depends on Whom we turn to and ask for help. Our True Helper, walks with us through the trials and uses those trials to polish off the tarnish so that we keep reflecting our Father in Heaven. Yes, what a might God we serve who walks through the good times and bad with us and loves us still, polishing and refining our souls to reflect His glory!
1 Peter 1, The Message
6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.
8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.
What do we learn?
–God loves us through it all. God’s Presence is with us always.
–God is working on us, in us and through us, always to display our true faith.
–How much tarnish has been built up that needs polished off? God knows and is working on us…let Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, You place great value on us, tarnish and all. While we were yet sinners, you died for us. Help us to let go of let you do what you must to refine and polish us to bring out Your beauty in us. Underneath it all is one You created and loves you back with her whole heart, mind and soul.
In Jesus Name, Amen