the corona chronicles – dross

Tears come at least once a day for me now. Just a moment of release. I am safe. We have food. We’ve been blessed in more ways than I can count. All my kids, here and in their own homes, are healthy and well with all they need. My husband is working from home. We are WELL.

And this is still hard.

With every school email. Every prayer request. Every time there is a reminder of this most unprecedented of times, I have a moment. Perhaps you do as well?

I was speaking a few days ago about dross. The bible mentions dross, the impurities that rise to the top of silver as it’s being purified, quite often, and the Lord is referred to as a silversmith. There are some interesting points in the manner in which a silversmith operates, but the essential premise is that when the heat is turned up as the silver is being purified, the impurities, the flaws, that rise to the top are referred to as dross. The silversmith then takes a skimmer and removes it, the heat is turned up again, and the process repeats itself.

Who we are in crisis, is spiritual dross.

In seasons like the one we are in, who we are rises to the surface. A Christian or not, our truest self becomes apparent…

We are judgy ….. or gracious …

Opinionated …. or kind ….

We use words to edify and encourage …. or snark and dissonance …

Hoarding vs giving … fear vs faith …

Self-promoting or life giving …

The silversmith knows the silver is done when he can see his reflection in it. Likewise, we are now given a divine opportunity to fully recognize and submit to the truth of who we truly ARE. Are we true followers of Christ; walking in hope, grace, kindness, generosity, forgiveness … or do we still find ourselves stumbling over anger, fear, frustration, depression, anxiety, blame …

When we are honest with ourselves and our Heavenly Father, repenting of those things which hurt and hinder us, He is faithful to skim the dross from our hearts and minds and bring us to new levels of faith and spiritual maturity. There is now therefore NO condemnation in Christ Jesus – do NOT feel condemned or chastised, but rather encouraged and inspired by the opportunity to face your weaknesses and fully embrace the process of being refined by the Creator’s fire and loving healing.

…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ … Philippians 1:6

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