Before church on Sunday, I decided to burn a huge pile of leaves that I had in my burn pit. As I lit the leaves and watch the smoke raise, something that a friend said several weeks ago came back to me, “I was born in the fire and the smoke won’t do.” I had never heard that phrase before so I ask her about its origins. She told me that she had heard it said by her mother many times throughout her childhood. It was one of those saying that our grandparents and great grandparents had grown up saying.
As I watched the leaves struggle to catch fire, the Lord started to speak to me. The more I pushed those leaves around, trying to build up the fire, the more my spirit tuned into what Jesus was saying. The Lord said “I have been living in the smoke and that it is time to live in the fire.” I knew exactly what was being said. I had allowed the stuff of my life to weigh me down. Just as deep and wide as that pile of leaves was my pile of hurts and worries were equally deep and wide. I was and am a child of God, but I had allowed my circumstances to take away my joy. I was saved, but I was not walking in the joy of the Lord or the power that God says comes when we follow after Him. I was not walking in the peace that surpasses understanding. And as I stood there moves those leaves around, I knew that I could not live a life in the smoke any more. I wanted the fire! So God and I started our conversation. He started to show me how to live in the fire and now I want to share with you what He showed me.
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