From Exodus to Revelations the Bible references being burned to a crisp. Maybe it’s because I’m from Texas, but my first image immediately goes to the uncontrollable burn of wild fires. They’re so destructive and hold no tender spot or mercy for any one or any thing in its path. Often times wildfires happen naturally, while other fires are a neglectful result of someone not doing what they should or doing what they shouldn’t.
Months after a wildfire is where to begin to see the beauty of new growth.
Almost daily I reflect on how much I’ve come through, overcome, and thrived in spite of. Cancer, death of my parents, loss of love, loss of loved ones, and so much more. I don’t recall these events to be sad, but to rejoice in ALL God has delivered me from. It is truly the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Being burned to a crisp must mean the end result is ashes, and maybe abundant ashes at that!
The fire is necessary to burn away all that does not bear fruit. Once we’ve been burned our ashes remain until we hand them over to the feet of Jesus. He promises to give us beauty for ashes, but it’s important to remember we can’t have both.
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
When you feel like you are being burned to a crisp through your season, trial or circumstance, and you feel like you can’t go on, listen to the waterfalls and know our Lord is the living water. His provision is far better than your plan.
Hold on, seek His face, and run to Him.
He is waiting.
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