The refiner’s fire is hot. It has to be to burn out the impurities. They don’t go away easily, those imperfections. The refiner only takes the object out of the heat to check the progress. And then into the fire it goes again. Back and forth until it finally reveals the beauty hidden behind the filth that once covered it.
I know that even now I am being refined. I know that God is making me into the person He wants me to be. I wish that the ugly parts like bitterness, greedy, and unforgiveness gave way easier. They stick pretty tight though. So I will give way to the refiner and trust that at just the right time He will pull me out.