*Thanks to Scott Blackwell, my awesome husband who lets me raid his pictures.
I don’t know if it is just me but man am I being challenged by these Five Minute Friday words! I think there is some method here. And trust me I am not complaining, I am just noticing and enjoying the stretch. Ahhhh stretching. It’s grand stuff really.
Okay first things first. I am joining in for the third week in 2017 of Five Minute Friday. It is a lovely spot at Kate Motaung’s blog where everyone can get together and write their hearts out with no interruption and no editing. Five minutes of freedom. It is quite fun seeing what other people have written, and a great way to meet other bloggers and maybe even find a new friend. Learn all about it here.
So today’s word is: Refine
Initially when I read the word refine I was a little jolted. When i think of refine I think of all the change that needs to be made, and I think of my imperfections, and my friend, I am the epitome of imperfection. I felt the need to dig a little deeper into “Refine” so I did what anyone might do, I typed in a search in good ole Google….don’t get me wrong. I have a dictionary, but it wasn’t at my fingertips whereas Google is…well…BLAM…right there when you need it! But I’m digressing here.
Top definition (verb): remove impurities (blech) or unwanted elements from (a substance), typically as part of an industrial process.
Sorry, I had to add the blech here. The whole definition is not a particularly attractive thought. Seriously, did anyone else think of pimples? Oh and by anyone else, I mean the few folks who will stop by and the myriad of intriguing spammers I get here daily. You know who I mean right? At least to me because of course I am thinking of the impurities part and impurities tend to be gross. Think a Biore strip. Yep…you get where I’m coming from right?
I kind of dig the definition two more (also a verb): improve (something) by making small changes, in particular make (an idea, theory, or method) more subtle and accurate.
Now doesn’t that sound better? I’ll tell you why I like this. God created us and He had His design and His purpose in mind, but often we see just total garbage which I imagine is kind of insulting to God. We are often seeing all our flaws rather than His glorious plan and how we fit into it. I mean in Genesis we read that God saw His creation and it was good. I don’t think His creation stopped being good once He got to me, but I act like it a lot. When I read the second definition, I am reminded that there are improvements that God makes in me. He definitely does refine us as we communicate and develop deeper relationships with him, as we pray and as we get involved in relationship with others, but I also see that even in my totally not-quite-ready-for-prime-time state, He can use me and in using me refine me all the more.
Has God been refining you lately? For a while I believe God used traffic to refine me. I used to drive like the east coast girl I was before I moved out to Arizona. Bad drivers got me very uptight. God worked in me, and now my commute is my prayer time. I’m not going to say that I keep it all together all the time, but I am definitely better than before. And warning…IF you cut me off…I WILL PRAY FOR YOU.