(This TTRF series starts with the post "Through the Refining Fire (TTRF): Intro 1.")
Piece Ten: Looking Back on the Journey
There are no guaranteed results from this trip through the furnace. (In case you missed it, the first post of this “workbook” is “Through the Refining Fire: Intro 1.”) It all has to do with your willingness to be honest, transparent, and obedient, and with how much you invested in self-introspection, prayer, Bible reading, and learning to listen to the Spirit.
And once again, there is no real end to this journey. I would love to be able to say, “Congratulations on working your way through the Graduate School of Faith. Here is your diploma.” But that can’t happen. Because we will never graduate until eternity comes for us.
But as you climb higher and dig deeper with the Lord - as you shift your focus from the temporary to God’s kingdom and His righteousness. - your life will become more vibrant, alive, and fulfilling. It might still be painful, but it will be a bittersweet pain, knowing that God is with you through it all.
And most likely, we will end up in the furnace again from time to time. We will slip. We will at times get tired of digging and climbing. (Oh, don’t I know it!) But we will be drawn back to God, because we know the blandness of life apart from Him and the exhaustion of trying to do it on our own.
Before we get into some ideas for future challenges, I would like to pose a few more questions for reflecting back on the whole journey that you have been on up to this point. (Some of these will overlap, but that’s okay.)