Well, it happened for the first time to me last week, I cracked one of our eggs and it was rotten. We have chickens and ducks, and lots of eggs. I love to make eggs in the morning, so just like any morning I took an egg and cracked it on the side of the pan, but this time out came green goo. Wow, what a smell! I just took the pan, went straight out the door and wiped the nasty stuff off in the grass. I had to open windows, light matches, turn on fans, etc.
Oh, and Anna loved it, she was just having a high time laughing about it.
I don’t have much to say as far as application, except this. Sometimes you don’t know the contents until the outer shell is cracked. When we are under pressure, trials and adversity, our “contents” are revealed, and sometimes they are not pretty!
What is revealed within you when you are under pressure and “crack”? What contents come out?
When we have those times that reveal the heart, it helps us to see that we need to work on the interior; we need to cleanse our hearts and strengthen our faith.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 1:6-7)
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.