Ok... I have had more mental ramblings lately. My fervent hope is that I can convey them in a way that somehow resembles sense ... : P
The question I am going to pose to you tonight is this:
Are you being stretched? Stretched so tight you can almost see your bones underneath? O_o
I have had SOME kind of stretching lately...
How much more can I get pulled apart at the seams before before I BREAK!!?!?!? At nearly six feet tall, I think I am "stretched" enough! lol
But seriously, I can relate. I have had all kinds of struggles as of late... I won't tell you all of them, but I have been dealing with all kinds of doubts, financial windfalls, bends toward depression and hopelessness... it's sometimes so hard to remember "This, too, shall pass" - the constant encouragement that this old world is not my long term home... that I have a bright future and hope :D
There have been times during the past few weeks where I have felt that I am so alone, and no one understands the pain and loss that I have dealt with these past few years.
I really could have a great pity party... In fact, I have, truth be told. Unfortunately, I was the only one that showed up for the party, and it wasn't all that fun.
So... in answer to the above question? How far can we be stretched before we break? What if I tell you that for me, that was the whole POINT?!
"What?? You are certifiable", you grimace skeptically...
Yes, I am... most certainly... :) BUT this "testing" is GOOD! : )
Did you know that when silver and gold are heated to excruciatingly high temperatures the impurities, or dross are/is removed? Removing them makes the precious metals more and more (pure) beautiful! As the dross is removed, you can see your reflection more and more clearly in them. It takes time to remove ALL of the junk! It can be a long process!
When you combine pressure with heat in coal, it produces a diamond. Likewise, when we let the trials shape rather than shatter our character, we sparkle!
I, for one, am endlessly captivated by the beauty and sparkle of diamonds. <3
For me, my trials and pains aren't wasted! I have a promise from my Father, (the Heavenly One) that every pain I go through will have a purpose... that somehow - someway He will produce something good! Even if it seems hopeless... He LOVES hopeless, cuz for Him, it's not!
Remember that when the kitchen gets too hot...
and have a "sparkling" week!
Thank you to the Open School of Gemology for the blog pic : )