coming forth as gold
“When He is at work in the north, I do not see Him;
when He turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of Him.
But He knows the way that I take;
when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
I came across this on SCL this morning and felt it settle deep into my chest. In this season in my life, when it is so easy for stress and anxiety to become daily garments, I have to come back to this truth: that even when I don’t see Him or feel Him, it doesn’t mean He’s not there. It may just be that He’s walking a few steps ahead of me.
Sometimes I think about it and I begin freaking out — I quit my job! I need to get into classes! What if my financial aid doesn’t come through? What if I have to move out of my apartment? Am I *INSANE*?
As I face all of these questions and infinitely more, I brace myself against Him even as the fire overwhelms me. I can only do this because I know I am emerging better and more myself than I was before; stronger, more faithful and better able for my story to speak that His is true.
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