For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. ~Psalm 66:10
When it comes to deciding which items in my mother's house to keep or discard, my brother, Bill, and I have only brushed the tip of the iceberg. We not only have to claim what we would like, or even have room for in our respective homes, but also check with our children as to which paintings/books/knickknacks/furniture each one of them would value for themselves.
I am poking around inside a hutch in Mom's dining room when I discover this sterling silver cup.
Instantly, I realize, this isn't just any silver cup, but was presented to my grandmother's parents when she, Gladys, was born. If you can discern in spite of the tarnish, here initials, "GB," can be faintly seen. And below that, in miniscule print, is the year she began life on earth: 1897. What a treasure!
I tell Bill that I recall occasionally drinking out of that cup when I was a little girl. Oh, how cold and refreshing fresh milk tasted in its silver casing! Immediately, Bill insists that I claim this historical item for myself. I don't argue! (I love my brother!)
Of course, this precious cup deserves a much-needed face lift to wipe away the grime and erase the discoloring that comes with age and neglect. I use TarnX and a soft cloth to accomplish what I imagine will be a daunting task.
It's anything but difficult, and within minutes, the cup has returned to its original sheen and shine.
Isn't it beautiful?
And I am reminded that all the dirty stains of sin we accumulate over the years are impossible for us to erase, but it's an easy-peasy job for our loving and forgiving Father when we repent and turn to Jesus. He will refine us, make us new creatures in Him, and give us a fresh start.
So, ask yourself today: Do you need to regain your shine and sheen? Run to the Lord, confess all your sins and seek His forgiveness.
God is waiting with open arms for His treasure - you!