All this week I have had the great joy (and great responsibility) of driving our team around Honduras. As I was driving I spent more time than normal taking in our surroundings. Most of which was acres and acres of sugar cane fields.
As we passed through all of the fields I kept asking God to bring spiritual growth in myself, my family, and our team.
It is also the season to harvest the sugar cane. The process to harvest involves setting the fields on fire to burn away the excess and then coming along after to gather what is left.
What a powerful spiritual principle we have watched around us all week!
“You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith — more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:6-7 CSB
The Lord has reminded me this week of the trials that are ahead for those that choose to follow Jesus. However, we should not be afraid but REJOICE that this fire purifies and produces faith that brings glory to God!
Yesterday was my birthday and I can’t help but reflect on the past year. As I do so, I am so grateful for the opportunities that our family has had to experience trials. Although we didn’t always choose to rejoice, I can still see how HE is refining us and our faith.
Even now, as we await bloodwork for our sweet daughter we choose to rejoice and trust the Lord.
It is clear that Jesus invites all of us to join Him in His mission to reconcile the world to Himself. Through trials and the refining of our faith we will see the Great Commission advanced!