Malachi 3:3a: He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.

Somewhere in school we had learnt about different kinds of jobs. Some jobs require apprenticeship because they aren’t entirely based off of textbook knowledge. That always fascinated me. Like a goldsmith facing the heat of the foundry, we all have jobs that bring on a certain level of hardship. Adulthood as a whole, as I have come to realise, has this ‘heat-of-the-foundry’ associated with it. Oh, how I wish it was of the comforting type instead, like a warm water bath!

Let’s go deeper into apprenticeships. Goldsmiths, silversmiths, cobblers are few jobs, for instance, where the training with the master is more one-on-one. The not-so-fun parts about this individual attention is that your teachers closely monitor your moves, they know the mistakes you are going to make before you even make them. The good thing about this is you learn from the best, you have a work plan tailored by the best and it is guaranteed you won’t leave until you understand fully what you’re taught. .Now let’s imagine you are the goldsmith. What would be the fate of the gold in your hand? It requires very careful and tedious treatment, because only at a precise temperature, will they turn into their purest, most valuable form.

Its the same with you and I. Honing us to make us valuable is even harder than making gold, because we are more valuable than it! So, how do you think this refining happens to us?

Do we feel the ‘heat’ at work or at our homes or among friends?

It is painful, yes, but can we see it, instead, as a refinement process?

Are we letting God to be our goldsmith? Well the good thing about our goldsmith up above is He knows us in and out unlike our human masters and it’s fees-free.

Are you ready to be ‘golder’ than refined gold?

Lord, I do not know if you have put me in my training shoes or the gold shoes, Lord give me the strength to face both, help me to be who you want me to be. Amen.

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