“In the same way that gold and silver are refined by fire,
the Lord purifies your heart by the tests and trials of life.”
Driving back from a normal evenings’ band practice I looked in-front of me, and BANG!!! With only a few milliseconds to swerve out, just enough to avoid a head on collision from another vehicle, all I remember was an airbag in my face, a cloud of smoke while my car spun uncontrollably with the casual thought in my head “oh, this is it, I’m about to die”.
3 cars were written off that evening, thankfully, only minor injuries to each person involved. I have faced many of life’s trials and tests, but this specific one came to mind when reading Proverbs 17, here is why…
I was rostered to lead worship two days after the accident and a few of my friends suggested that it was better that I not sing because of what happened. But God was doing something different within my spirit, He was revealing His goodness, peace and comfort through all of it and He was showing me, that no matter what happens in life’s trials, I can always find joy in Him.
I sang and lead worship as if nothing had happened because I was so overcome by His Goodness, and through relationship with Holy Spirit, God was refining me, just like gold and silver are refined in a fire. We were “born-again” to overcome.
I was scared to start driving again, BUT my conviction outweighs my fear, and my conviction is that God is good. He has always been good, even before the garden of Eden, therefore we can ALWAYS sing, no matter what, knowing He is good.
- Kris van den Berg