Refining Us Into GoldMy good friend of 20 years and I were headed out of town one warm August morning. Pati wanted to grab a cup of coffee, so before beginning our journey, we pulled into MacDonald’s. With the car windows rolled down, I parked in the nearly empty parking lot and remained in the car while my travel companion went into the restaurant.

I glanced over to my right and noticed I had parked next to an older model compact car which was filled to capacity with clothes, and various belongings. Interwoven among those items were two young boys in the back seat. In the driver’s seat sat a mom holding a sleeping baby girl. The mother was quietly sobbing and it looked like she had been up all night.

My heart sank and I knew I had to do something. I started a conversation with the mom, who opened- up about how she had to leave her home in a hurry, because her husband had been violent “too many times”.

Pati and I ministered to her and directed her to our church, which supplied her with housing resources, food, a gas card and compassion.

You see, Pati and I were in similar circumstances some 20 years ago. We had met at a support group at our church, which helped us to heal and grow. Our pastor and church family cared for us in such a way that it was obvious that God’s love was working through them. They were a vessel for God to do His great and glorious work.

And so, this was the beginning of our journey for God to refine us into gold. With each of us having young children, starting over was hard both financially and emotionally. Our church offered classes in almost everything we needed for our spiritual and personal growth. We learned how to handle our finances through classes like Crown Financial Ministries and Financial Peace.

Eventually, we became leaders for a Divorce Recovery ministry and I eventually worked my way up to becoming the Director of Children’s Ministry. Pati is working on her college degree in social work and our children have grown to be God-loving, hard-working adults.

We are so very thankful to God and all His faithful servants who walked with us through our entire journey.  What seemed hopeless was made hopeful through the love of our amazing God.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13