It Is Well With My Soul


This is one of my most favorite quotes of all time. I think you will find it encouraging!

“It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born and God’s greatest gifts are given, in compensation for what you’ve been through.”
– Wintley Phipps



* If you would like to see Mr. Phipp’s video where this quote’s from, click here. It will knock your socks off. His voice is out of this world, friends! I find myself forgetting to breath, and my eyes welling up with tears, whenever I hear him sing.


10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Redneck Garage on July 31, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Great quote…It really made me stop and think. Then I read it several more times. I found the choice of the words “quiet crucible” to be interesting.

    The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.
    -Proverbs 17:3

    The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.
    -Proverbs 27:21

    The crucible is used for refining metals. The metals are raised above their melting point and all the impurities, or dross, rise to the surface and are removed.

    Son of man, the people of Israel have become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver.
    -Ezekiel 22:18

    In the case of purifying silver, the copper, tin and iron are the impurities from the ore from which it came. Even on a small scale, the purifying of metal in a crucible by flame is anything but quiet. On a large scale, as in adding 75 tons of scrap steel to an electric arc furnace, it is deafening.

    During our private suffering, I see that our quiet crucible would be those internal struggles that tests and strengthens our faith and help us to see what is important (silver) and what is not (dross).


    • Awesome research, friend! Thank you SO much for taking the time to share that with me. You just took me to a whole new level of understanding on the word crucible. Your findings reminded me of this story:


    • PS – That video you shared was AMAZING. Someone should use that in a sermon!


      • Posted by Redneck Garage on July 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        You’re welcome. The quote you shared started the thinking process which just poured out in words. I enjoyed reading the Refiners Fire Story.

        BTW – The temperature inside the furnace above is around 3200 degrees F (~1800 degrees C). The sudden flash and explosion at the end happens when the electrodes (90 MW at 34,500 volts in this case) are lowered into the furnace and come in contact with the 75 tons of scrap steel that was added to the molten steel already inside the crucible.

        When people are told that becoming a Christian will solve their problems, they are not being told the truth. It is the start of a life long process to prepare them for eternal life…and sometimes it just ain’t easy and the fire gets hot.

      • Yes, it solves all of our problems in an eternal aspect, but while here on earth He downright promised there WILL be trouble! I’m so grateful for the promise of Heaven. These feet were meant to walk Streets of Gold! 🙂

        3200 degrees..yowza! Now THAT’S some refining! Well one thing is for sure..even though the fire gets h-o-t, HOT, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in the loving care of the Refiner. If I’m not being refined in one way or another until Jesus comes for us, then I’m wasting my life.

      • Posted by Redneck Garage on July 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm


  2. Awesome quote and video!


  3. Oh my goodness! How rich. And what great input there from Patrick!! I just learned SO much from this one post/comment. Explains a lot of “my pain points” 🙂


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