The Refiner Things in Life
Refining oil, I explained, meant heating it at a very high temperature, at which any impurities in it got burned off, leaving only pure oil. I also told her that the Bible speaks of this process as an analogy of how God sometimes works on us. There might be times, I told my kids, when God was refining them, and it might hurt, just like a very hot fire, but it was so that any impurities in us got burned away, leaving only our purity behind.
It was a little too abstract for them, probably, but hopefully the image nestled in their heads before we moved on to the next topic of conversation. May we all be open to our Great Refiner's work in our lives, not shunning the heat but understanding its role in perfecting us.