Around the turn of the twentieth century, a bar of steel was worth about $5 . . . But the more it was shaped, hammered, put through the fire, beaten, pounded, and polished, the greater its value.
May we use this analogy as a reminder to be still, silent, and long-suffering, for it is those who suffer the most who yield the most. And it is through pain that God gets the most out of us for His glory and for the blessing of others.
Oh, give Your servant patience to be still,
And bear your will.
Our life is very mysterious. In fact, it would be totally unexplainable unless we believed that God was preparing us for events and ministries that lie unseen beyond the veil of the eternal world–where spirits like tempered steel will be required for special service.
The sharper the Craftsman’s knives, the finer and more beautiful His work.
~L.B. Cowman in Streams in the Desert (updated by Jim Reimann), October 24
In the stillness,
Welcome to the Still Saturday Community where we pause after a busy week, move in quiet pilgrimage, maybe linger a while in some still place, and soak in the beauty of images and reflect on the depth of sparse words. We’d love for you to join us. Grab the button and link up below. We all love to hear if something especially speaks to your heart, but please don’t feel pressured to comment. Simply take some time to be still together, to gaze long and drink deep.