Friday, August 1, 2014


     How can solid wood exist and then not exist? Fire is an amazing phenomenon. Regardless of science explaining the chemical combination of oxygen with a substance creating gas, think about a tangible object disappearing before your eyes.

     An ice storm last December broke cazillions of tree branches. The town crew got rid of the biggies for us, but there were still oodles of smaller ones to gather. Those and the normal accumulation since December produced one large burn pile by the fire pit. After the days turned warm enough to induce me to tackle the job of eliminating that stack, I still needed hours with no laundry on the neighbours' clotheslines. Smoke wafting over a line of clean clothes does not make for friendly relations. Enough excuses came along to let me procrastinate until a few days ago. The sticks are gone.

     Hebrews 12:29 describes our God as a consuming fire. The prophet, Malachi, speaks of a fire that refines and consumes impurities. (Malachi 3:2-3) As silver is purified, what is not of Him within us can be removed. What a blessing! Freedom from anything that works against our enjoying the abundant life Christ came to give us can only be a plus.

     Fire consumed the branches that had littered the lawn. A small pile of ashes remains. In Isaiah's wonderful list of all the good things that accompany the Lord's anointing, He even promises beauty for those ashes. (Isaiah 61:3) They may supply precious nutrients for growing things in our natural garden. Perhaps there is a parallel benefit resulting from God's fire in our spirits. What remains after the purifying work within may well sweeten and mature us enhancing our own lives and the lives of those around us. Fire power indeed!


1 comment:

  1. Here's to sweetening and maturing! Thanks for this perspective, Mary.


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