How to Trust in the Lord Through Our Trials
Each of us longs to be some beautiful creation. We want to be sculpted and molded into something worthy and wonderful. The scriptures refer to a “refiner’s fire” (Malachi 3:2) and a trial of faith by fire that can help us become that way:
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
“Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:7–9).
If we were a piece of metal, we would have some impurities naturally within us. If a creator wanted to work with a pure piece of metal, he would have to expose it to intense heat and pressure to burn off the impurities and leave the refined metal behind in order to shape that metal into something wonderful.
Kim Martin was a piece of metal. Her first baby was diagnosed with a tumor. Cancer was found in her daughter. Her second son and husband both passed away within months of each other. In between all of the trials by fire, all of the hammer slamming, Kim started to think she wasn’t strong enough. But then she noticed what the Lord was doing—He was creating something more beautiful out of her life than she could create on her own. He was using that heat and hammering to make a loving, compassionate, helpful, empathetic servant on His errand to do His work like few others could.
Many of us have felt the heat of the fire and the crushing blow of a sculpting hammer. We frequently question, “Why me?” We yearn to be free of the refiner’s fire. We can’t think of it as anything good.
What good can come from having health challenges or financial challenges? from the loss of a job, a loved one, or a marriage? from having responsibilities for young children, elderly parents, or ward members? from someone you know who has doubts and questions, even if that someone is you? But now our trials are seen in a new, refining light. That fire is real, as is its purpose. Elder Quentin L. Cook reassured us that the “qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purify us and prepare us to meet God” (“The Songs They Could Not Sing,” Oct. 2011 general conference).
So what good can come for those who have felt or currently feel the fire? The answer is profound and overwhelming. We will be exactly what He wants us to be. And we will be exactly where He wants us to be. We will be His creation, in His presence.