Embracing the Fire… not literally :)

Ok. So funny title, right 🙂
At first I was going to title this as ‘the life of a pyromaniac,’ but then I looked up the true definiton of pyromaniac:

pyromaniac: a person with a mania for setting things on fire

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And I figured that maybe that wasn’t quite what I was trying to get across 🙂

Rather, I guess the correct term would be:

pyrophilic: someone with a love for fire

Now, I’m not writing about how much I love fires or about how hugging fires is my favorite thing to do. Sure, I’m just like the next person – it’s so relaxing and cozy to sit around a campfire with friends, but this isn’t what I’m talking about.
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What I wanted to post about, was the idea of embracing the fire/struggles in your life… not wishing them away.
This is what I so often do in my life… when I’m going through a struggle it’s like, “Ok God, if you could just take this now, I could better live for you and better glorify your name.” We think that if life was peaches and cream, well, it would be peaches and cream, and our relationship with Jesus would be at its absolute best. But I think this is the farthest from the Truth.

You see, what Jesus has been downloading to me is that there’s more beyond the fire… that He doesn’t just have the fire roaring through my life just for kicks and giggles or just because He can.

First of all, He told us that in this life we would have trouble. But He follws this with “Take heart for I have already overcome the world.” John 16:33

So, right in that verse, we see this often very uncomfortable picture of existing in a fallen world where we are going to experience pain and hardship, but then on the other side, we live as new creations whose King has already won over these harships and pains.

So, understanding that, we also have to realize that Jesus brings us through fires/struggles/valleys, whatever you want to call them, to bring us closer to Him.

I tend to be a very self-reliant person. Often thinking, rather errounsely, that I am a hero and can do it all myself. But I am wrong.

So so wrong.

I am incredibly weak and if anything, the fires/struggles that seem to have plauged me for so long have revealed this in my life.

I’m not a hero. I don’t have it all together.

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But I know someone who does. And He’s holding me right now.

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So, my encouragement to you is that you don’t have to wait until the fire is gone to grow closer to Jesus or to better glorify Him. He has that for you right now. If we can learn to be a people that turns to Jesus in the midst of the craziness and brokeness, then we will be a people unlike any other, because we know where our strength comes from and what this can do in other people’s lives.

So, no. You don’t need to just escape and then everything will be ok. God wants to reveal Truth to you in the midst of this. Embrace the path He has for you right now. Thank Him for what you’re going through. Wierd, I know, but it’s His plan.

Here’s a great quote from Oswald Chamber’s, “My Utmost for His Highest.”
“As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow.”

We can either be crushed and burned forever by the fires, or we can cry out to Jesus to protect us and give us the faith to see to the other side.

Don’t give up. God is drawing you close. He won’t let you go.

“What shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour?’ But for this purpose I came to this hour. ‘Father, glorify Your name'” -Jesus. John 12:27-28

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