Thinking, pondering… for consideration.
“For many are called…”
Matt 22: 14a
The second part of the verse above says
“… but few are chosen.”
Considering the growing number of people on my prayer list, I have been considering. Here’s my conclusion.
Many are called… could be most people.
Few are chosen… Chosen for what?
I have discussed this with some people… Looking at the severity of what people are going through, and considering their situation, these trials are tailor-made for the people going through them.
The trials are tough!
Many years ago I met someone who did rock-polishing, which is what came to mind when I considered all the trials my brethren in the faith were going through.
Since I only had a vague memory of the process of rock-polishing or tumbling, I looked it up.
It is a much more complex process than I thought.
One site had information that a variety of shapes and sizes was needed so that the rocks would tumble and bump against each other.
My tangential thinking can take me off in many analogies here, but I won’t burden you with my imaginings.
Out of all those stones, some are chosen… and picked over again. The selected ones are put in the tumbler with the coarse grit and water… then tumbled for seven days! At the end of the tumbling, the stones are removed and the grit washed off. The tumbler is also washed free of the grit. According to some sites, if some of the stones are not what the person doing the tumbling had in mind… they go back into the tumbler with the coarse grit.
When the stones are to the person’s satisfaction (and all washed and free of grit) – back they go again for more polishing with slightly finer grit. Then later with finer grit again… then some people choose to tumble the stones with a very fine grit – called pre-polish.
One analogy I cannot help sharing is how much like life – and our trials, this process is!
The video I found on YouTube is a short one, no speaking – but have a look at all the packets of grit. Each of those is used for seven days.
(I counted six or so bags of grit!)
It is a slow process to make something beautiful from those stones!
Which leads me off on another tangent… As a child in Scotland, there was an old ‘children’s’ hymn. It might have been ‘inspired’ by this scripture…
And the LORD their God will save them in that day As the flock of His people; For they are as the stones of a crown, Sparkling in His land.
The hymn is called ‘When He Cometh’. (Sometimes shortened to Jewels)
The first verse says,
When He cometh, when He cometh,
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.
The second verse says,
2 He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom,
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own
Is this what all our trials are? Are we being polished to be gems?
(There are several versions of this old-fashioned hymn on YouTube.
Here is the full hymn
Interesting thought, and a challenge to look at our trials in this way.
And remember the Bible verse that says…
“Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?
Isa 45:9 NKJV
Trials are making us precious gems.
Sharing some thoughts
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