Pressure and Promise

Dec 14, 2022 | Writer's Blog | 0 comments

Fiery inferno: destruction or refining?
Weight and pressure: crushing or cohesion?
Yielding ashes and rubble, or gold and diamonds?
Fear says the former; faith says the latter.
Here’s the truth:
There are no diamonds
     Save through fierce heat and pressure.
Pure gold is attained
     In the crucible alone.
Gemstones are mined
     From the deep, hidden places,
Born out of fire,
     Pressed by YHWH’s millstones.
Am I brave enough
     To stay in the fire?
...Withstand the pressure?
     ...Stay under this weight?
Yet here in the depths
     Lay the truest of treasures,
Rarest of gems
     In this hidden estate.
This pressure bonds me
     In covenant union
To the most precious jewel:
     The High King Above.
So for joy set before me
     In the depths I’ll remain,
Mine secret place treasures
     With the True Prince of Love.

“Lay your treasure in the dust . . . The Almighty will be your treasure, and precious silver to you.” (Job 22:24a,25 World English Bible)

~ Kathryn Kircher, writer,
~ Natalie Ziemba, visual artist,

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