Some ladies were having a discussion get-together and they were reading in the book of Malachi.
While reading in the third chapter, they came to a remarkable expression in the third verse,
It read " And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver..."
One lady thought it was intended to explain the view of the
"Sanctifying influence of the grace of Christ"
But she thought about it and decided that she would visit a silver smith, just to find out exactly what it could mean, and she said, she'd report back at the next get-together.
She did as she had promised, but she did not tell the silver smith, "why" she was asking all the questions she was asking.
He was happy to explain anyway, as not many people show that much of an interest...
So, after starting the conversation, and questions she said, "But sir, do you "sit" while the work of the refining goes on?"
"Oh, yes, madam," he replied, "I must sit, with my eyes steadily fixed on the furnace, because,
if the time necessary for the refining is out by the slightest degree, if I leave it in there even 1 second longer than needed, the silver will be injured..."
When she heard that, she immediately realised the beauty and comfort of the expression:
"He shall sit, as a refiner and purifier of silver..."
Christ sees it as needful to put His children into a furnace, but His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best life for them.
"Their trials do not come at random.... the very hairs on your head are numbered"
As she was leaving the shop, the silver smith called her back.
He told her that he also needed to mention that, he only knew that the process of purifying was complete..."when he could see his own image reflected in the silver"
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE!
When Christ shall see His own image in His children...His work of purifying will be done!