In the furnace

24 May 2017

Shane McCarthyLife can get a bit crazy sometimes can’t it? Things can go horribly wrong, the best laid plans can fall apart, storms can blow us way off track, and then when we collapse, life can just kick us again while we are down. When we find ourselves in the midst of all this drama what do we do, what can we do?

I was recently listening to a song by Christian musician Rich Mullins and a few of the lines really hit me. The main hook in the song goes:

Oh you’ll meet the Lord in the furnace a long time before you meet Him in the sky

As I look back over my own life I have found this to be very true. It is often in the middle of the storms that God has been most present, not in the clear sailing. It’s at these most difficult times when I have not been able to hold on, that I have felt him holding onto me. In the good times, I can be fooled into thinking I have everything under control and don’t need God. In the furnace times, I realise just how much I do need him.

Rich goes on to sing the following encouraging words:

And where you are ain’t where you wish that you was.

Well your life ain’t easy and the road is rough

But where you are is where He promised to be

From the ends of the world to every point of need


The English might not be perfect but the sentiment is. Life is tough but where we find ourselves good or bad is where God has promised to be. In the midst of our trials, our tribulations, our failings and our difficulties, God has promised to be standing there right alongside us. I don’t know about you but when I am standing in the furnace it is a pretty comforting thought to know that I am not standing alone.  May you know God’s presence with you wherever you happen to be standing at the moment.

As the College Chaplain, my role is to support and serve all the members of the College community. So if I can be of assistance to you or your family or if you ever wish to give me any comments or feedback on these ‘Chaplain’s Corner’ articles please email me via: mccarthys@mbbc.qld.edu.au.

Shane McCarthy
School Chaplain

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