I’ve discovered that editing is something I enjoy. I have an author friend who recently trusted me to fine-tune her latest book. Looking closely at writing to find just the right place to pause, adding the perfect words to produce the greatest impact, and yes, to eliminate what’s unnecessary are jobs I like to do……for others, that is!
Having my own writing corrected is another story. It can be difficult to receive feedback about the places that need improvement, to see lines crossed out that when written, seemed so right, and to find characters dear to my heart noted to be underdeveloped. Each red mark feels as if it’s written directly on my heart. Every author knows that editing is vital if you’re going to improve as a writer. As painful as it may be, the process results in a much better finished product.
That brings me to today’s prompt: “refine”. It’s not a word we want to think about because like editing words on a page, we need refining to progress. Refinement evokes thoughts of intense heat to remove impurities, fervent cleansing to get rid of stains, and the smoothing and shaping of any rough edges. Every Christian knows that those often are the result of going through difficult circumstances. Painful as it may be, we also understand that refinement is vital if we’re going to become the “much better” person God designed us to be.
I don’t know about you but when I’m in the fire, I often find myself bargaining with God, making promises of change if He will just remove the heat. Refining is aimed at our heart and its fine-tuning isn’t something we can accomplish on our own. It takes trust in God’s process. He may show us where we should pause and rest, teach us how to develop our character, or identify those things we need to eliminate so that we’ll have a greater impact on others; whatever it is, we are assured that the Author will continue to write our story until we are refined like silver, His pure and precious finished product.