This is the time when His promises, those He has made to me, come alive and become like a soothing balm to my soul. These are the times when I am closest to Him and I feel Him embracing me tight and whispering to me.
This is His promise:
"My daughter, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect WORK, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
James 1: 2 - 4.
I will rejoice in that the Lord cares for me to the point that He does not leave me with these imperfections, rather He puts me through fire so that His perfect work may come to be.
And today I was reminded of another promise:
"We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5: 3 - 5.
The Lord is molding my character to be like Christ; and the process is painful because removing the impurities that have been stuck to my soul for years will cause pain. But, oh the beauty and blessedness that is left once these impurities are removed! I, with joy, endure fire that I may be like Him, full of love, compassion, and mercy.