Bronchiolitis – and the Purposes of God

My younger son Jonathan has a touch of bronchiolitis… and watching him take his medicine today made me think how the things God allows in our lives may be uncomfortable, but make us better in the end.

Jonathan woke up this morning all smiles and cooing; he even took his medicine well – drinking it down as though it was juice. When it started to work, however, and it started to draw up the mucus from his system, he was most uncomfortable – his nostrils were blocked up, he was fretting and flinging his body from side to side, while his mother and I tried to console him and get him to eat.

He’s asleep now, after having cereal and a full 6 oz of formula. It really made me think of what my wife received from the Lord after attending a session for women at her church. She was saying that someone had prophesied that the Lord was saying that his church doesn’t give him the glory when we try to come out of the fire before we are fully refined. We try to get out of the situations in our lives because they are uncomfortable, but that he is really trying to refine us and get the best out of us.

Psa 66:10 : For you, O God, tested us; you purified us like refined silver.
Mal 3:2 :Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can keep standing when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire, like a launderer’s soap.

“Refiner’s fire” speaks to the process of refining metal, where the metal was melted and the impurities rise to the top and are removed. This is the process God is doing with us in the majority of cases when we get into uncomfortable situations. Let us give God the glory and stay in the fire – even if it’s uncomfortable


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