Embrace the fire

I began working as a human resource associate for a large company, and the calls we receive are from our fellow coworkers.

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We provide assistance on a variety of issues, and nearly all our calls are very pleasant.

A coworker went to my manager and said she just had the worst call ever. He immediately sprung into action.

He went back to her cubicle, listened to the recorded call and made steps to ask for the callers’ resignation.

It must have been bad.

He then gave her some time off to have coffee, go for a walk or whatever she needed to be able to come back to work.

It must have been really bad.

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

This verse above is a very popular one, and I am sure we have sung this in the church at one time.

Notice it says when you pass, not that you might pass or you will never pass through the waters or fire, but when. While the above experience was just a moment and quickly taken care of, there are other moments in life that feel like we are drowning and can go on for years.

My advice when these drownings and these seasons of fire come, embrace it.

We may want it over with quickly, but we don´t want to rush God’s plan, molding and shaping in our lives.

While it could be hard to believe at the time, these seasons are for our benefit, even when we are not at fault.

God is doing a work in us. We may not know what He is purifying, removing and adding, but I do know this. When we finish and come out of it, we will find that we have not drowned nor have we burned.

We come back stronger and wiser.

I would rather be all the wiser as the years go by, and embrace my difficult circumstances and learn from them. If not, I stay stuck.

It took me a while to learn this, so now when difficult times or moments come my way, I ask. ¨God, what can I learn from this?¨

Ask yourself what you have learned from your trying times, you may be surprised what you come up with.