+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—REFINE. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
True confession: I like control. Not controlling others, but being able to have some control of my life.
And God probably looks down at me some days, and says, “Silly, silly girl.”
Most of the time, I know how my days are going to flow. I’ve got a good feel of what’s coming.
And I like it that way.
The thing is? This way of living requires very little trust on my end.
Recently, God has placed our family in a situation where I have. No. Control.
Something is happening, and it’s way out of my time parameters.
God’s plans and mine have collided, and my heart hasn’t been a pretty place.
The things is: I know God is good. I know He’s in control.
And I have to trust Him with this situation. It involves people I really care about, and it’s hard not being able to do anything for them.
Sometimes, refining comes in the form of heart work. I talk about trusting God. And I do trust Him. I do.
But sometimes God refines me by placing me in a situation where I have to choose trust. I have to choose to walk out this situation in His timing. His parameters. And this is hard for a girl who likes a little control.
God’s refining often smooths away the rough edges the world’s chipped off around my heart. His refining touch brings smoothness to the rough places. It begins a work of beauty in a place of ugliness.
When God refines us, it’s always done with the utmost of His love. He never hurts, jars, or challenges us for the sake of just doing these. He is very intentional in the work He does.
His end goal is to help us to look a little more like Jesus.
If we didn’t face those hard places in life . . .
. . . if we weren’t put in positions where we had to stretch and choose . . .
. . . we would remain stilted. Half-finished. Incomplete.
As painful as it can be to walk through the refining God has for us, we can look to the beauty of Him, and we can keep our hope in Him. Knowing that HIs plans for us may not always be easy, but they are always good.
What about you? When has God done some refining in you? How do you keep a good perspective when life throws you curveballs?
I’m linking up with Kate’s Heading Home Five Minute Friday—Refine