The Fire Contradiction

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Laying in my bed, I felt like I couldn’t get up.

Taking a three hour nap in the middle of the afternoon during one of my off days, I asked the question: “What am I getting up for”. I remember not being able to answer that question. Just moving by myself to San Diego, it was hard to recall one person that understood me that wasn’t 3,000 miles away.

At the exact moment, the contradictory truth was ver real: I knew there was no place I’d rather be. Initiating human connection and functioning through the loneliness was the only way of transforming myself from a boy to a man. As if feeling like I was thrown into a furnace wasn’t enough, willingly staying in it for my long term benefit made me feel crazy!

Following God through the loneliness and confusion can feel like fire; and Jesus never promised other wise. It says Jesus will come and be a “refiners fire”. The only way to be refined is to suffer through the pain.

I read this today:

He ordered the furnace fired up seven times hotter than usual. He ordered some strong men from the army to tie them up, hands and feet, and throw them into the roaring furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bound hand and foot, fully dressed from head to toe, were pitched into the roaring fire. Because the king was in such a hurry and the furnace was so hot, flames from the furnace killed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to it

Suddenly King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm and said, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound hand and foot, into the fire?”

“That’s right, O king,” they said.

“But look!” he said. “I see four men, walking around freely in the fire, completely unharmed! And the fourth man looks like a son of the gods!”
— The Bible

Let us be reminded: Although the fire persists, so does our God.

What fire do you need to suffer through right now?

Jake VaydaComment