This story is found in many places on the internet, it may be apochraphal but it’s powerful non the less. There was a group of woman in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter 3, they came across verse 3 which says:
“He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver…”
This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement means about the character and nature of God. One of the woman offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week one lady woman made an appointment with a silversmith to watch him work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for the interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the siversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot then she thought again about the verse, “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver…”. She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. For if the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”
He smiled at her and answered, “Oh thats the easy part, when I see my image reflected in it.”
Shri Mataji often said that seekers of truth should be able to see Her in us. Let’s work on making it easier for them……
From Alan's blog ydig.us