And he shall sit as a refiner
and purifier of silver:
and purge them as gold and silver,
that they may offer unto the LORD
an offering in righteousness.
She made arrangements to meet the silversmith, but chose not to reveal the purpose of her trip to him. He agreed to show her the process. He put the silver over a fire and sat and watched it.
As he began working, she noticed that he never took his eyes off his work. She asked, “Do you have to watch it every second?
“Oh, yes,” he replied, “If you leave it on too long it will damage the silver. On the other hand, if you take it off too soon, it will not be purified.”
The woman could not help but to draw the parallel between the silversmith and God. God leaves us in the middle of trials for as long as he needs to leave us, and it is for our own good; to purify us.
The woman watched as the dross (impurities) would rise to the top of the silver, and the silversmith would skim it off and dispose of it.
Finally, the silversmith removed the silver from the fire. The woman asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is refined and ready to be used."
“I know it is finished when I see my reflection in it!”