We want to begin this morning by first saying a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all the volunteers and workers who so faithfully attended, supported, and encouraged all the activities of Cook Springs Vacation Bible School this past week! Time alone will be The Judge of the impact these sessions of crafts, missions, singing, snacks, activities, and Bible study will have in the lives of the children and adults who worked, served, planned, taught, and entertained on these nights of Bible School. Months of planning, hours of decorating, hours of study and preparation have gone into this week along with a saturation of prayers! May God bless each and every person who gave of their time and talent and labor to make it work. A special thanks always to our VBS director, Ms. Laura Vermillion who is probably already planning for next year’s event!
We can test each other’s knowledge, skill, devotion, patience, and even love, but the one thing we cannot do is test the “heart”; God “tries” the heart of men to prove them and improve them. Proverbs 17:3 says “The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth our hearts.” This tells us much silver and gold may appear pure but the refiner will keep “cooking, stirring, and burning” until the precious metal is alone left in the process. All the “dross”, or waste, or impure and non-valuable material is cooked off – over and over! In the process, the precious metal is heated again and again and it may become smaller and smaller in the aggregate, but the value increases by leaps and bounds as impurities are fired away. We too can know that affliction in our life is a process of testing and improving and refining our hearts so we may be more acceptable and valuable to our owner…God!