Today is Groundhog Day. Which to most people means nothing really. So what. Puxatawny Phil ‘enlightened’ us with his prediction that we will have an extended winter. Great. Yeah, whatever. For some people, the Bill Murray movie ‘Groundhog Day’ comes to mind. If you were lost in some time chasm and never saw it–you should. It has very a good message behind the hyjinks. [spoiler alert] The basic plot of the movie is that Bill Murray’s character must repeat February 2nd over and over and again until he is thankful and his character has been refined. He tries to give up many times, but finds that giving up is just not an option.
In real life, we too must be refined, although repeating the same day with exact events is quite rare :) Sometimes it’s hard not to wish you could have a ‘do-over’ [remember those?].
The Refiner‘s Fire
Have you heard the story of the Refiner’s Fire? We did a while back. The story is an example of how the Lord works with us, and how valuable we are to him. There are many verses in the bible that refer to this process, but the most well known is Zechariah 13:9. Anyway, the story goes like this-
The story is told about a man who was puzzled when he read about the refiner’s fire in his bible. He wondered what God meant by it, as he had no awareness of the process. Time went on, and one day, he met a silversmith. So the man asked the silversmith what the refiner’s fire was. He was invited to come and watch the process if he wanted a better understanding. The man accepted, and went to the workshop. The silversmith held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The silversmith told the man that he had to sit paying close attention at all times. In fact, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The man thought carefully about this and the scriptures he had read. Then he asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?” “Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.”
(Original source unknown. If you know the original source, I will gladly add the credit!