When You Walk Through Fire
When You Walk Through Fire (Isaiah 43:2)
Have you ever noticed that with big families there always seems to be that one kid who is always in trouble. Some days I think that if God has one of those kids, the likelihood that I’m ‘that kid’ is pretty high.
I’m not even joking. I think that God has probably had to purchase a few additional fire extinguishers just for me. I don’t mean to screw things up, but wow, sometimes…
One of ‘Those’ Days
I’m sure you aren’t quite as much of a boob as I am at times, but maybe you’ve had one of those days before too. The kind of day where it seems like everything is on fire and you’re standing there with a box of matches and a bewildered look on your face.
Not many days ago, I had one of those perfect storm kind of days. Actually, it only took about 5 minutes into my morning to completely set off an fire bomb of genius proportions.
Our daughter had been sick for several nights, so my wife and I were both sleep deprived and irritated. I was scrambling to finish a big work project with a deadline approaching like a Mac Truck, and I had missed a couple days in a row of my regular morning prayer time. (note to self – don’t do that)
Anyhow, to make a long story short, we woke up late and both of us were ready to bring the fury, and the gloves came off. I’m talking one of those, “I can’t believe you call yourself a Christian” kind of arguments where you hope the neighbors were gone type of throw downs. I can honestly say that it’s been quite a while since we’ve had a blow-up kind of argument, but we went from zero to sixty in about three seconds flat.
Thankfully, I escaped with my life, and I’m slowly trying to win her favor again. Let’s just say that women tend to have very keen memories in moments like those… Oh my.
Nobody Loves Me
That night, I attended a night of worship at Oasis Church in Nashville. When I say attended, it was more like I dragged in feeling like one of the worst humans ever to have lived. (In my mind, I’m secretly an extremely hyper-dramatic person.)
I was hoping that maybe God would throw me a few scraps of hope or maybe just let me leave feeling slightly less worse than when I came in, but I suspected that a time-out was more in order.
They began to sing a song, ‘Healer’. There’s one simple line in that song that says, “You walk with me through fire.”
As I sang those words, I felt God rush into my space and throw His arms around me. I heard Him whisper to my heart, “I always walk with you through every fire you face.”
It was such an extraordinary moment in His presence that I’m tearing up again right now just thinking about it. God’s love is an awesome and redeeming love. He knows that we have our issues, and we are miles from perfection.
He reaches to us in our lowest moments and offers a hand of hope, forgiveness, and restoration. He knows that we will continue to make mistakes throughout our lives on earth as we are being perfected by His grace and mercy.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. – Psalm 103:10-14
So if today you’re facing the flames today, let me encourage you. When you walk through fire, you have a Savior who is walking right along side of you, and if you’ll take his outstretched hand, you will not be burned.
If you’d like to hear the song, here’s a version of it sung by Kari Jobi