“When I see my image in it.”



How suffering changes us – the refiner’s fire.

As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.       Psalm 17:15

Borrowed from a Facebook post. Worth reading.


Shannon O’Brien

November 19, 2018 ·


There was once a group of women studying the book of Malachi in the Old Testament.

As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled the women, and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study.

That week this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.

She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.

He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot – then she thought again about the verse, that he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered “Yes”, and explained that he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.

If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be damaged.

The woman was silent for a moment.

Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”

He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy. When I see my image in it.

If today you are feeling the heat of this world’s fire, just remember that God the Father has His eyes on you.

– Unknown



I talk to many who are suffering from various causes.

The usual question is, “When will YHVH God heal/deliver me?,” or “Why won’t He heal me.?”

Many times I have had these same thoughts, as I go through my own trials.

It seems like YHVH God has forgotten us, or does not care.

But this is not true.

He does care, and He is watching every moment, waiting for our breakthrough.

The suffering discontinues when we are totally submissive to YHVH God,

and are now acting as Jesus / Yahshua would act and think.

In other words, the Father does not see us anymore, but sees only Jesus/ Yahshua in us.

Suffering hurts, and we want to escape it.

But if we are stuck in it, there is a reason….

We must seek and focus only on the Divine will.

We must overcome the flesh’s need to be comforted, and overcome any enemy at work as well.

When the refinement is complete, and the Father sees Himself and His Son in us, the suffering will be over.

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