It’s Day 3 of the Bible Reading Challenge! On Fridays, we check in together with a hearty- “I did it!” Hope you’ll be back tomorrow to give us an update.
“As Silver Refined” by Kay Arthur will knock your socks off with its depth and wisdom. The subtitle to this wonderful book is “Answers to Life’s Disappointments.” I’ve had this book for about six months and mulled it over again and again. In fact, I kept postponing writing this review because I just didn’t think I could do it justice.
The question on the back cover states:
What can you do when life doesn’t turn out like you planned?
I believe that question fits anyone on earth. We’ve all experienced broken dreams and unmet expectations. And so many times, we blame God. “How could God let that happen?”
Mary and Martha experienced this question when their dear brother, Lazarus, died. They sent for their precious friend, Jesus; they knew he could heal him in an instant. But Jesus didn’t come to them right away. Instead, he waited and when he finally came, three days later, Lazarus was already in the grave. The Scripture passage that describes this situation is well-known for holding the shortest verse in the Bible- Jesus wept. His heart was broken for his friends and the reality of their limited faith. He only had to speak and Lazarus came from the grave- alive and whole!
I love the pointblank statement that Kay makes in this book, to me, this statement is a fabulous summary of learning how to Biblically embrace the rough spots of your life:
You can be defeated by life’s unavoidable disappointments, or you can become stronger because of them.
This book also contains a 13-week companion Bible study and I highly recommend it. If you are discouraged or depressed over circumstances in your life, I can’t express just how much this book will guide you through your own thoughts, pointing towards God’s plan for your life in the gentlest, yet most direct manner.
Is there anyone who needs prayer today? I’d love to pray for you. Just leave a “me” in the comments below.