Monday, November 24, 2014

The Refiner's Fire




Key Notes From The Video


Patterns:

My plan ... I wanted ... so that's what I was/am doing

Then suddenly ... My plans/goals are altered, or need to be altered


The Lady's Response To The Change In Her Plans ...

"I began to think: 'Maybe I couldn't do this. Maybe I wasn't strong enough.' I began to think that I might fail."

"It's not always about us, like we're not going through this because we need to change, or we're not good enough. I became someone ... more capable of helping others, and of having compassion, and of understanding at an intimate level ...what other people go through."

". . . I find a great deal of joy in using the things that I've learned to help other people--especially families who have children with cancer. One of my missions in life is to comfort others who are going through cancer. And I know how to do it because I've been through it."

"To me it's like Newton's law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Equal. and Opposite. So I think the greater our sorrow is, the greater our capacity to feel joy."

"I've been surprised. I feel a great deal of tenderness toward my Savior because he really is so sweet. He really does provide what you need."


My Belief/Response To The Video


I believe that God loves each one of us--no matter what we are called to go through in life. No person on this earth has suffered more for others than Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. And it was in love that Christ was called to suffer the "pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind . . . that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities" and "that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance . . . And . . . take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people" (Alma 7:11-13).

I believe that it was love, profound love for us and Heavenly Father, that inspired the Savior to accept his calling to pass through an immeasurably hot furnace of fire with faith, hope and diligence--in order to redeem us from sin and from sorrow.

I agree with Peter's perspective on enduring suffering in patience, no matter the cause: "...What glory is it," he said, "if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. . . . For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully . . ."

". . . For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously . . ." and bore "our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness," that by his stripes we may be healed" (1 Peter 2:19-25).

I find it significant that Peter who teaches of enduring suffering patiently was the one who first rebuked Jesus Christ for prophesying that "he must suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes" in Jerusalem, "and be killed, and be raised again the third day" (Matthew 16: 21-24).

Peter's rebuke, "Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee," was an offense to the Lord, for it demonstrated that Peter "savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men," for the Lord's mission on this earth could be accomplished no other way. Whereafter the Lord counseled Peter and the rest of his disciples, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

Thus, in order for the Lord to fulfill his mission on this earth--to bring about the salvation of mankind--he also was called to pass through the the refiner's fire.

It is my prayer that when I am called to endure, and pass through the refiner's fire, and anyone else reading this post--be it in the present or in the future, or the way reflect on our burdens of the past--that we will seek to do so patiently, with a grateful heart, and that we will find peace and strength in the Lord--not the peace that "the world giveth", but in the love of God and the love of our fellow men (John 14:27).

May ". . . the God of all grace, who hath called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen," and "settle you" (1 Peter 5:10). This is my prayer. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Other Resources:

Adversity, by President Henry B. Eyring (2009, General Conference, April)