Happy Monday. Keep walking.
There has been much in the news lately about wildfires burning in the West. People have lost homes, acres of land have been incinerated, and smoke is clouding the horizon.
How sad to hear reports of people rummaging through charred remains of what was their home, for some irreplaceable moments.
The most prevalent remark I hear is, “We are alive and we can always rebuild.”
Good for them!
It reminds me of a quote from author and theologian, Dr. James Richards. “It is not the intensity of the pain, but the significance you attach to it that determines the effect.”
He is saying that in the trial, we awaken to what is really important. That gives us the right perspective, which brings hope back.
There are some broken relationships, broken health, broken hearts, broken dreams.
Are you there?
Days ago, as I was reading again the account of the three Hebrew boys being thrown into the fiery furnace, something jumped out to me.
Daniel 3: 25 says they were “walking in the midst of the fire and they have no hurt.”
Think about it. It was seven times hotter than normal, perhaps they were facing death, but kept walking!
And One came to walk with them!
They came out with not a hair singed or even the smell of smoke on them.
And the very king who ordered the furnace, promoted them.
I believe that when we keep walking, even in the hot, trying times, a promotion always comes–a new knowledge of the One Who also walks with us in our fires and a steadfast faith that with Him, we are more than conquerors.
“The road is too rough,” I said,
“It is uphill all the way:
No flowers, but thorns instead
And the skies overhead are grey.”
But One took my hand at the entrance dim,
And sweet is the road that I walk with Him.
Let Him take you by the hand today.