“He’ll be like white-hot fire from the smelter’s furnace. He’ll be like the strongest lye soap at the laundry. He’ll take his place as a refiner of silver, as a cleanser of dirty clothes. He’ll scrub the Levite priests clean, refine them like gold and silver, until they’re fit for God, fit to present offerings of righteousness.” – Malachi 3:3 (MSG)
There’s a game that we play all the time with our youth group. What we do is take a normal picture and zoom in on a section of the picture and the student attempts to guess what the picture is. Most of the time it is almost impossible to guess what the picture really is. We wait a few seconds and then zoom out a little and repeat until the students are able to guess what it is. The purpose of this fun game is to show that what we often see is a small glimspe of a giant picture. We get so wrapped up in a small section of this picture that we don’t pay attention to how it fits into the grand scheme of things.
In this Sanctus Real song it talks about the transformation that God does in our lives. It is this process that often feels like chaos. We get wrapped up in the pain and the uncomfortableness of the situation and we end up a blubbering mess.
I remember when I was in middle school and going through a growth spurt. My legs would hurt and I was just completely uncomfortable. It was this process of stretching and growing that was causing me pain, but in the end I grew from it…literally.
Our spiritual lives are no different. We are stretched and as a result we grow. We grow deeper in our faith and trust in Him. We may not recognize the chaos and mess for what it is, but once the calm after the storm arrives we are able to see what God has done in us. He does a work that is bigger than us and something that is heavenly.