Last week I sat with an incredible group of women and talked about how we hear from the Lord, personally. Several women shared different ways God speaks to them.
One way that was mentioned and has played a huge role in my faith walk is themes & repeating. Often, when I hear something from the Lord I repeatedly hear the same thing from different people or in a different setting – often in some secular/ non-spiritual way as well.
Fire is the current theme.
Last summer God brought an amazing women into my life. Instantly, I felt a connection with her. Something about being a trauma survivor is evident only to those who have been through something similar. We ended up discovering we are both homeschoolers and attending the same co-op this year. Thank you, God, for that!
After an intensely emotional week she sat with me before a worship service we both attended Saturday night. She shared a small part of her story and how terrified she was of being rejected in church again. (Hello! The injustice of this makes my blood boil. But we won’t go there. I’m working on calming down not amping up)
At the service, I watched her do the most incredible thing. I saw her face her fear and say yes to what God was asking her to do. She saw fire, (fire of God that is) prayed for it and then broke out in spontaneous worship. People I want to scream as loud as I can here! THIS WAS AMAZING!
I had no ability to respond that night. I was so wounded all I could do was sit and cry. But I saw my friend and the victory God gave her that night. She is a mighty warrior, y’all! Had to throw that in since she’s from Texas. Texas you’re doin something right cause they women coming out of your state are on fire!
This beautiful friend also pointed out that fire is hot and tends to burn when in contact with human flesh. I feels like an all consuming fire is burning up everything in my life. It doesn’t feel good. It’s causing physical pain in my body. Last night, as I wrestled with sleep I had the same thought each time I awoke. It was about fire.
There is a story in the Bible (Daniel 6) about three men who were were living and working in a foreign land. They were told they had to worship the way the King wanted or they would be thrown into the fire.
Even though these men were facing death their relationship with God was far more important to them. They couldn’t compromise and it landed them in a furnace full of fire.
I can relate to this!
To stand for what you believe and what you know to be true is not easy. We live a society marred by compromise. Pressure to conform is intense. Anyone raising teens understand what I mean and sadly a large percentage of adults don’t know how to stand in the face of peer pressure either.
As a follower of Jesus, I am called be like the men in the Bible story. In order to stand up for what I believe I have to know who I am and what, exactly, I believe. Those men would have easily conformed to what everybody else was doing if they didn’t know who they were and who they belonged to. They belong to God and their moment of truth came when all three entered the fire. Instead of three men there were four. The were untouched by the flames because God was with them.
This is a truth I know very well. When God is with you, you are perfectly ok no matter what the circumstances are indicating. As I watch things I’ve invested in for years burn up and turn to ash God is reminding me that He is in control and the fire can not touch anything He doesn’t want to burn. I am being refined through fire.
~ See, I have been testing you for myself like silver; I have put you through the fire of trouble ~ Isaiah 48:10
As I prayed with my daughter to night she told me she prayed for me at YG. She gave me several pictures others had for me. I’m excited to get creative with it and see what happens!