Day 18 – Crucible

I came across a fabulous set of words this morning…

The “in-between” times in our lives becomes the crucible where God reshapes us into his likeness.
Deeper Waters, Denise Hughes

Becomes the crucible where God reshapes us…

Y’all know what a crucible is, don’t you?  Lol…actually, I could only remember the novel by Arthur Miller and only had a vague idea of the definition.

Crucible – a ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures.

OR

Crucible – a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.

 


Whenever I hear or read a verse more than once in a 24 hour period, from two different sources, my attention is peaked. Yesterday, Jonah came up in conversation. And again this morning in my Deeper Waters study.

Like Jonah inside the fish for three days Jonah. He ended up inside the fish because he was disobedient. God had a job for Jonah that was, let’s face it, a horrible task. No one wanted to do it, least of all Jonah. So Jonah hightailed it outta there – until God orchestrated a “come to Jesus” meeting inside the belly of a fish.

The fish belly was Jonah’s crucible – his severe trial. And Jonah was ultimately reshaped.


Why must it take very high temperatures or a severe trial for God to reshape us?  Because we humans are a stubborn lot…I am rebellious. Yesterday I shared my struggle with self-reliance. Today the struggle was submission…and faith…and patience. Left to my own devices, I’m gonna make a mess of things. But I’m also like Jonah at times. The task set before me is undesirable. I don’t want to be obedient…but I also don’t want to take a swim in the crucible or a fish belly. Oy…to be human.

Oh, how he loves us so – oh how he loves us – how he loves us so.

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.