A FIRE is a beautiful thing – powerful, warms the cold, cooks the food, drives the machines, seals wounds, eliminates waste, provides LIGHT, signifies passion, and ignites OTHER fires and multiplies the blessing ..
But a FIRE – to be all of these things – must be properly contained, fanned, fed, and directed. In a home, it must be contained in the hearth, or it can burn the house down. In a campsite, it must be nestled partially in the ground and surrounded by stone, or it can rage out of control..
When that FIRE is burning in the HEART of a man, when he possesses a natural ZEAL and passion and power, it takes WISDOM to know how to come AROUND the flame, to set the boundaries so he can BURN and be made MORE powerful and effective, it takes GRACE to FEED his spirit with fuel and oxygen, and PATIENCE to walk with him so he will channel his energy to accomplish his PURPOSE, the very thing for which he was made ..
It takes LOVE to know when to cover him so he calms down, to discern when to rearrange the logs so fresh wind can enter his dying places, or how and when to throw kerosene on the green, wet wood so it will burn hot enough to burn off the water that’s suffocating his flame ..
It takes a FATHER to be the stone that holds him together.
It takes a MOTHER to be his calm and his fan.
It takes a WIFE to take up where father and mother left off, to be the fiery man’s wisdom, to receive him, to be empowered and warmed, nourished and driven, sealed and illuminated and impassioned by him, to be his steam engine, to incubate his flame, to burn as his torch and walk on Purpose WITH him.
It takes his CHILDREN to multiply the flame and take his passion and light to the ends of the earth.
ALL of this is GRACE.
ALL of this is a gift from the very God who MADE him to burn!
And whatever of these graces he lacks, God HIMSELF will raise up the provision for the fiery heart that is ultimately yielded to Him.
God patiently waits in the raging, He gently covers and directs, He vigorously applies the ax and adds more wood at just the proper time, He cleans and repairs the flue to evacuate the choking smoke so the fire will breathe, He lays the gunpowder trail as a fuse to send him out for His purposes, He sends him to the pit to eliminate the waste and clear the land, He lifts him up on the rocky shore to signal the ships to the danger, He locks him up in the engine room to power the mighty locomotive, He fights consuming fire with his fire, He arranges the coals tight and close to keep him smoldering until he’s ready again to break forth, He LOVINGLY DISCERNS and directs the heart of the man ..
And He REJOICES over the man He has made!
“Do not fear;
Zion, let not your hands be weak.
17 The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”