Sifted and Tried

Have you ever felt like nuggets of gold in sand being sifted in an effort to separate gold from grains of sand?  Been in deep water up your chin and can’t swim?  or Been in a boat with no paddle? During many recent months, sometimes I felt that helpless, but never threw in the proverbial towel and gave in to my circumstances. Though living as an evacuee during about two and one half years and living in several places, God was with me and though sometimes distressed, continued my writing ministry, which was good therapy.

I confess to wondering why God was allowing my sifting, but believed that it was being used to prune branches not producing the fruit intended. Though pruning is painful during and after pruning,

James wrote, “Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds; for you know that process testing produces steadfastness, and let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.” James 1: 2-4.

Steadfastness is not a word we often hear, but one important in a believer’s life. So really what does it mean to be steadfast? it means resolute, unwavering, relentless to see some goal achieved. Is that not what is required of a believer? When we put our hand on the plow, we’re not to look back, but keep on keeping on! So are you a steadfast person who finishes what you begin? If not, ask God to give you that quality and serve until He calls you home or returns for you.


Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank You for the ability to complete the activities which I begin. Sometimes the road is rough and uphill, but with the Holy Spirit as our guide, we’ll arrive safely at our destination. Thank You and we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Doris Lisemby