QUALITY CONTROL: Is it welcomed? appreciated? or resented and wasted?

Quality controlThe youngsters loved listening to their Grandpa telling stories of his life growing up in Canada.  He was  a lumberjack or logger, long before machinery modernised the industry.  Grandpa told how he loved his job of ‘rolling’ the logs under the feet as they moved them down the mountain stream towards the mill.  Log rolling, the art of staying on top of a floating log while “rolling” the log by walking on it, was a skill much in demand among lumberjacks.  The logs had to be kept in line and not allowed to mass, to keep them rolling down the stream.

He was the head logger and also had the responsibility of ‘grading’ the logs – much like the quality control measures of modern industry.  As well as keeping the logs rolling, his grading job meant he had to jab a sharp hook into some logs and separate them from the others, manoeuvring  them into a separate area.  Why?

He explained . . .

“All the logs may look the same to most people, but some are very different. The ones I let pass down the stream grew in the valley where they were protected from the storms.  Their grain is coarse and only suitable for general lumber. The ones I hooked and separated came from high up on the mountains, where, all their life they were beaten by strong winds and storms.  That toughened the trees as they fought against the wind to stay upright, and it gave them a fine and beautiful grain.  Those logs are MUCH MORE VALUABLE and are made into the finest quality furniture.”

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God allows some of His finest saints
to be buffeted by the winds of adversity
so that they may be strengthened for His service
and prepared to fulfil His highest purposes. 

John 16:33  NASB
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation, but take courage;
I have overcome the world

Romans 5:3-5  NLT
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials,
for we know that they help us develop endurance.
And endurance develops strength of character,
and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
And this hope will not lead to disappointment.
For we know how dearly God loves us.

1 Peter 1:7  CEV
Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire.
And these trials will prove
that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed.

Job 23:10  NASB
But He knows the way I take;
when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

storm 1
I cannot say that I am glad when storm clouds come;

When days and nights are burdensome and long.
I like the peacefulness of sunny days
When life is bright and in my heart’s a song.

And yet I know the wisdom I have learned
Or any courage that my life displays
Was never gained in golden, sunlit hours,
But rather grew from dark and stormy days.

I’ve felt God’s presence closer mid the storm,
As I relied on Him to guide my way;
And through my trials I found a stronger faith
Enabling me to better face each day.

And so, I would not ask God NOT  to send
Those testings allowed by His loving hand;
For all things work together for my good,
And things once questioned, now I understand.
Author unknown

 

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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15 Responses to QUALITY CONTROL: Is it welcomed? appreciated? or resented and wasted?

  1. Ann says:

    Thank you, Dearest Angela :-)

    It is indeed a beautiful thing to come out praising. More beautiful, I’m told, is the praise that rises from our hearts even as we weather the storm. Yup, storms WILL come, but we are comforted in knowing He is with us, and that the trials we face will make us strong.

    Blessings and thanks again for sharing!
    ann

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    • Thanks Ann. One of the major blessings of being a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God is His abiding presence within us, all the time challenging, encouraging, strengthening, empowering and enabling us to abide in Him and follow His will. Sadly, we too often ignore His presence and get into troubles, but He still works in us and undertakes for us as we submit to Him.
      I praise God for all the problems we face, for they are blessings in disguise and opportunities for us to grow more like our Saviour.

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  2. snowgood says:

    Pretty confident that after 8 difficult months I’m now well and truly “rattled” – not much shining from this saint, the winds have been a buffeting, we are so weary.

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  3. joecruzmn says:

    Can you tell me where you got the quote about his saints having to be buffeted by the winds of adversity. I really like it a lot.

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    • Hi Joe. I quoted a few Scriptures above which tell us of the many blessings of facing trials and problems. (Scripture references are always in green, denoting life and growth) There are many others which you could easily find using a concordance.

      I know I can look back over the 55 of my 77 years of knowing, loving and serving my loving Father God through the Lord Jesus, and sincerely praise and thank Him for the times of troubles. They were difficult to bear at the time, but with hindsight I can clearly see that God used those times to “grow” me, to develop my character and to further refine me as He continues to mould me into His plan of Christlikeness. I would not be the person I am without those ‘hard’ times.

      God does NOT CAUSE hardships or troubles, but we know that while we are in this world, we WILL suffer tribulation [John 16:33]. God only desires the very, very best for His blood-bought, adopted children and He has promised us His victory when we submit to Him and resist the devil.

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  4. alwayzhis says:

    Being able to “praise Him in the storms” is a beautiful reflection of what the Holy Spirit can express to the world through those of us who are blood bought children of the Most High God. Thank you again sister Angela for a reminder of a very important truth!! We may not know where the trials are taking us, but we can KNOW it is His hand leading… and all is for His glory and honor through Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Much love and many prayers sent your way
    Stephanie

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    • “We may not know where the trials are taking us” . . . so true, Stephanie, but as you say, we can and do know our God. We know and experience the REALITY of His love, mercy and grace and His constant care of us as He moulds us into the person He wants us to be . . . all to His honour and praise!

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  5. Rob Barkman says:

    What a wonderful thing it is to be able to genuinely thank the Lord for the trials we face in life. It is a mark of a mature Christian. Lord bless you Angela!

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    • I thank God not only for His promises, but for hindsight, where we have proof that what He promises is true. We can look bacvk on past ‘storms’ and priase God for them because Her used them to mature us: to further mould us into the image of Christ.

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  6. Pure Glory says:

    We can’t go through life without storms. Good to know that no hardship is wasted but it makes us strong. Everything is always sifted through God’s hands of love. Thank you God for seeing me through the storms of life.

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  7. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much for encouraging us in the storms of life, that there is a purpose for everything we undergo. This reminds me of the devotions I keep reading in Streams in the Desert, but L. B. Cowman. :) God bless you, Mentor Angela!

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    • Every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God has the guarantee that no matter what happens in their life, He is with them and He will undertake for them, bringing them through the ‘storm’ a more mature person; more like Christ.

      As we look back on our lives – back on past ‘storms’ we can easily see this truth, and it gives us more encouragement to trust Him each and every moment of each and every day.

      So – keep looking up: there’s only dirt under your feet!

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