Going for the Gold
|Tobacco being prized (pressed) in preparation for going to market.|
Personally, I understand what it is to feel hard pressed on every side financially, a bunch of other ways. But lately, finances are crushing me, making me lose sleep, grinding my bones into ash. So for those who may be like me looking for a break, this is my prayer ... For the businessman who has employees to take care of, the pressure is exponential. For a single mom trying to make ends meet. For the family who just had the bread-winner laid off. For the recent college grad with more debt than prospects
Lord, here in tobacco country, the word 'to prize' actually means 'to press'. We use this term when we pack the tobacco tightly into a large bin in order to bring it market which brings in the gold or a financial gain (i.e., a blessing).
Your word tells us that you prize us. You love us. We are your own. Interestingly enough, at times you place pressure on us (prize us) to reveal our character. The question for us is, what will we do under this pressure? What will we do as you PRIZE us? Will our character be revealed as Christ's or will we show our natural human flaws and foibles? Help us understand that our blessing is in the pressure, that the real gold is the growth that takes place.
Papa, help those of us who are feeling overwhelmed and pressed by finances. Help us have an epiphany about the beauty and blessing that comes through the pressing, the prizing.
Listen to this:
Remember this TRUTH!But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4: 7 -9 NIV