I have been undergoing refinement all of my life. So has every child of God willing to submit to His will for our transformation into the image of Christ. As we know, the fire of God only gets hotter as it makes contact with the dross in us. Dross burns quickly, dross burns fervently, and dross is worthless. God's refinement of us burns long, burns hot, and is priceless.
The flesh wants nothing to do with it, but the flesh is going to one place - the grave! That's not an act I want to follow... it's not worthy of my listening ear.
Refining fire, much like this lily, is rooted in life. The green of its stem and leaves is indicative of the Father's life, health, and healing. Flowers are awesome manifestations of the Lord's hand in our lives. Had you ever noticed that God is symbolic in all things? He is a highly symbolic Person; He loves to show Himself and His mercy and His love in everything He does and creates. Picture after picture, sign after sign, and symbol after symbol are our God's M.O. in foreshadowing, analogies, parables, and metaphors... I think that's cool.
Refining is no fun when you're in the midst of it but, oh, how we shine once we have come out of it! Hallelujah!! So I want to continue being "orange" for as long as it takes; are you willing? Are you willing to have the heat turned up in your life and be a living, breathing, walking symbol of His active transformation? I am!
Come join me...
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)photo credit: Maia C via photopin cc