When Beauty Comes From Adversity- Part II

NOTE: This is part II, so here’s the link to Part I if you haven’t read it.

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Forging can be dangerous. The forger needs to wear goggles, protective clothing, and gloves. For the process requires extreme heat (forging oven heats up to 2000 F) and releases hot sparks. Yet, this adverse process transforms raw steel into works of art.

Working so closely with steel, forgers understand the intricacies of their material. They recognize steel changes color based on temperature. These changes in color reveal it’s properties since heat treatment alters the metal’s physical and even its chemical properties. And they know the properties of the different types of metal.

Just how intimate does God know you? 

Does he understand how much heat you can take before you fold? Ever asked him, “How much can I take?” Or throw your hands in the air as you tell him, “I can’t take much more!” (Hoping he heard you.)

Rest assured, he knows and hears you–even when it doesn’t seem like he’s paying attention. A forger can’t just leave walk away with the metal in the oven for awhile. They need to stay and watch it carefully.

Ever experienced a time when it felt like you were alone? That somehow God walked away for a while?

  • Endured betrayal from a long-time friend or spouse?
  • Lost a loved one?
  • Suffering from chronic pain or illness?
  • Experiencing financial bankruptcy?

How can we trust God during these times when all hell breaks loose and no help seems in sight?

Yes, because of Jesus. 

“We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!” (Hebrews 12:2 TPT)

Jesus paid the price for brokenness, so he’s provided victory over anything hell throws at us. Anything that occurs from this broken world.

Sometimes I remind myself, “Jesus is human. He walked this earth and understands what I’m enduring. And he’s interceding for me to the Father.”

The Father isn’t overseeing all this forging process because he wants to transform us solely into a functioning piece of furniture. NO! He is doing this because he loves us as his sons and daughters.

I used to think this way: I don’t matter except what I can do for him. My mindset was: God, you are transforming me, so I can be more malleable for your purpose. Nothing relational, strictly functional.

Could he be molding us so we can contain more of his love, glory, and joy? And so we can walk in greater liberty?

Yes! You’re not just a piece of furniture for someone else’s benefit. (I walked in this error for years and it caused me unnecessary pain and bondage.) But your God’s masterpiece for him to cherish, for you to value, and for the world to see.

Understanding how much he cares and protects us, helps during times of adversity. We can lean into his chest and cry out for grace, support, and love. We are never alone. Nor, do we endure this through our own strength.

He’s the one walking with you, strengthening you, and helping you at every step. It’s all experienced through relationship.

So, I challenge you to talk to God about an adverse circumstance you’re enduring. Perhaps ask him:

  • “How is this trial revealing Jesus in me?”
  • “What do you want me to learn?”
  • “What should I do to walk in joy and peace during this time?”

God never gives us more than we can handle, though the trial is hot, sparks are flying, and we’re feeling hammered. Perhaps what we need isn’t for the trial to end today, but for his perspective. We need insight into the work of art God is creating. And revealing how we reflect Jesus.

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