What can a doughnut teach us about being refined by fire?
Most normal people like Krispy Kreme donuts (in my opinion). Some of us like them TOO much! No one, however, would enjoy eating a cold ball of fat and dough which is what a Krispy Kreme really is….before the fire.
These tasteless little dough-balls are placed through an intricate process of preparation which begins by creating a hole in the center with a blast of air. The now circular dough is then placed in a proof box and through the application of heat and humidity made to rise. After the dough has risen, it is then dumped unceremoniously into a vat of boiling oil. When it is cooked through, the newly created doughnut is run through a cascading waterfall of sweet icing. Voila! A Krispy Kreme doughnut is born.
The New Testament books and letters compiled from Hebrews to Revelation are directed to Christians going through the fire. Sometimes we wonder why we’re being blasted, boiled, and “proven.” It is, as Peter said, “… so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:7)
As with our little doughball, the result of the fire always brings about a sweeter outcome than we began with. There are things that God can only do with us as He places us in “the proof box” and turns up the heat. We have a choice. We can resent the process and fight it every step of the way, or we can surrender to the greater will of the Father and accept it “with joy.” (James 1:3)
God promises the sweetness will come as He finishes what He started in your life and mine. Hang in there. Don’t give up. The best is yet to be.