Though the lenses weren’t cracked, I immediately noticed the purple frames were sitting lopsided on her face.
“I tried bending them, but it didn’t work,” she explained.
So today, it was off to LensCrafters to get them back into proper shape.
Once there, the technician placed Kyla’s specks in a machine and elevated the temperature. This was done to soften the frames and make them more easily bendable.
Some people who wear glasses elect to complete this process right at home by immersing their bent frames in hot water. Once the plastic softens some, they go right ahead and gently twist the glasses back into shape, without breaking them.
I hear it works pretty well.
My husband Kenya and I, however, decided to trust the professionals to avoid any costly blunders on our end. We’ll leave the experimentation for another time and place.
Anyway, before the helpful associate at LensCrafters made the adjustments, he warned that, despite his know-how, the glasses could still break. Even in capable hands, the force he used to realign the frames could potentially destroy them.
Thankfully, all went well. The pressure didn’t break them and within five minutes, Kyla’s frames were as good as new.
Pressure and heat, when applied in just the right amounts, can do good things.
Aren’t you glad there’s no guesswork in God’s process of applying pressure and heat to refine and whip us into shape spiritually?
He knows precisely what we need—and how much of it we can handle—to make the crooked places straight in our lives and get us into proper alignment.
Sometimes, due to our limited understanding and unreliable human emotions, we feel like the trial is too much. We believe the intensity of the test is too great. We assume the heat of the furnace of affliction is much too hot to endure.
I know I’ve felt like that numerous times in my life.
There have been seasons when I believed, surely, what I was going through would break me. But guess what? I’m still here. I made it through. Not only that, but I am better for having gone through those things.
My faith is stronger and my relationship with God is closer.
Friend, you and I are in very capable hands. God never makes mistakes. He is fully aware that through trials, no matter how uncomfortable they are, our faith is refined. Through struggles, we are equipped to fulfill our divine destiny.
Despite the trial's difficulty level, if God allowed you to face it, He knows you can take it.
In 1 Peter 1:6 the Bible doesn't tell us to drag our feet, hang our heads and barely make it through hardship. It says, "In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials."
Verse 7 goes on to explain that those very trials come to prove the genuineness of our faith.
The scripture I just mentioned was written by the Apostle Peter to Christians scattered throughout various regions of the Roman Empire.
They were outcasts, persecuted for their faith and enduring all sorts of hardships for the cause of Christ.
In the midst of it all, Peter told them to rejoice.
If the early Christians could rejoice in suffering from a place of genuine faith in God, we can do it also. That's the way true faith behaves.
True faith doesn’t give up in hard times. It doesn’t quit during uncomfortable seasons. It doesn’t walk away during inconvenient periods. It doesn’t ever wave the white flag of surrender.
Genuine faith, even when the heat and pressure is on, behaves like Romans 5:3-4, which says, “…but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
True faith is what showed up in the attitudes of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel, chapter 3:17 -18. They told King Nebuchadnezzar that God was able to deliver them from the fiery furnace, but even if He didn’t, they refused to bow down.
That's what faith looks like.
Today, you may be in your own fiery furnace. If so, refuse to bow down to discouragement, disillusionment, fear and hopelessness. Remind yourself that, just as it was with those three Hebrew boys, someone is in the fiery furnace with you too.
His name is Jesus.
The Lord will never leave you in your affliction. He doesn’t abandon you in hard times. Rather, He strengthens you as you go through and empowers you to come out better.
So hang in there.
You can take it!
To help you stand strong, I’m stirring 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which reminds you that, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that these tests and trials will not break you down. They will build you up and move you along the path of your predestined purpose.
Furthermore, the fiery furnace of affliction will turn you into a more brilliant reflection of God’s glory.
As Job 23:10 says, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
Now let’s pray.
God, this season of testing is difficult, but I know it’s working for my good. Please help me to go through it with a good attitude, knowing that, if You allowed it, You have empowered me to handle it. In the end, I believe I will be better equipped to fulfill my predestined purpose. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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