From the Midst of the Fire.

by: Carole L. Haines

This morning I was laughing with a friend in joy over the birth of 7 new goats at her farm. I am looking forward to helping her with the feedings. Today, I am crying over the loss of a woman I prayed for fervently but had never met. She slipped away quietly this afternoon of cancer. She closed her eyes in this world and now is dancing on the streets of gold with Jesus. No more pain, no more suffering, no more sorrow; not for her. But for those who loved her, who are still here, the suffering of loss is shooting through every fiber of their lives.

Life is fragile, so delicate, so frail at times. We never know what a day may bring to us. Each of us goes through this “baptism by fire,” in different ways. There is a burning away of all sense of control, a helpless feeling of powerlessness. Any sense of control is so often an illusion. This is why I find knowing The God who made me, the Lord who saved me, and The Spirit who sustains me; so vital to my everyday life. Listen to this proclamation given after witnessing the tablets of stone upon which the Ten Commandments were written.

24 You said, ‘Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire; we have seen today that God speaks with man, yet he lives.
(Deuteronomy 5:22-24)

God speaks with mankind, yet we live. God is so intimately involved in every aspect of our lives, each one of us is precious to Him. Not just in life, but in death.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” (Psalm 1:5)

God is faithful, in laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, life and death. But without a strong sense of trust in His Character and love, I could never ride the roller-coaster of circumstances and emotion this world brings upon me.

Spend a little time sitting with the Lord, here and now, reflecting and remembering His faithfulness, which you have seen throughout your life.

Write down all that comes to your mind and heart and lay it before Him as an offering of praise to His Name. God Bless you all.

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