Proceed with your chiselings

(Octavius Winslow, "DIVINE REALITIES" 1860)

"And we know that all things work together for
to those who love God, to those who are
 the called according to His purpose." Rom. 8:28

Why are afflictions for the best? Because they
never come, but beneath their raven wings they
enfold some hidden blessing. Embosomed in the
somber cloud there reposes some covenant mercy.

Repeated afflictions are repeated blessings!

They fall not as lightning on the scathed tree,
blasting it yet more; but as the strokes of the
on the marble block, forming it to the
image of life and loveliness.

Gash may follow gash, stroke may follow stroke,

but it is only to mold and fashion the soul of the
child more into the image of its Heavenly Parent.

"If this be so, my Lord, proceed with your chiselings,
until your child, molded beneath your hand, becomes
more really and more visibly a partaker of your holiness."