Through the Fire

In this life, so much can change in an instant. People come into your life. Others leave. Health is fragile. Temporary fondness is mistaken for true love. Jobs are lost. Callings are found. Basically, we all go through “stuff”.

When the trajectory of our life changes, we are often left wondering how we will be able to go on in the “new way”. Yet, somehow, we do. Sometimes, we even thrive because we find that this “new way” is just what we needed to move forward.

Faith shows itself in so many ways. We learn to focus on what we believe and hold tightly to the hope that comes along with our faith. While we may be afraid to actually “dream big”, our faith slowly moves the mark so that things we were once afraid to try seem possible and even logical. Baby steps get us to step out of our comfort zone.

Sometimes the changes we encounter are more than we can believe we can handle. Faith encourages us to take one small step and restores our hope.

In the midst of a crisis, we can flee or we can fly. We weigh the options and choose to either give up or to press on. It’s all based on faith. What we often miss is that our faith doesn’t have to be monumental. We are told we need faith only the size of a mustard seed.

Today, I was led to a passage that showed the power of a strong, unshakable faith. Three men stood firm in their faith, were tossed into a fire, and emerged unscathed. In fact, they emerged from the fire with no evidence of the experience.

Oh, to stand firm and believe wholeheartedly that we will be okay despite our trials, despite whatever fire we may experience! I want that incredible faith!

It’s one thing to believe that we are not alone in our struggles, but it’s another to live it out in our daily lives.

I pray that each of us would grow in our faith to experience God’s promises for us. That we would be able to stand firm in that faith and rise up to praise the goodness of our Heavenly Father.

He has a plan for each of us. The hope that we find as we read His Word strengthens our faith and allows us to rely fully on Him. It’s easier said than done, but consider what He has brought you through in your life and what amazing gifts He has for you in the future.

There is nothing He cannot handle, for He has already walked our paths. He knows what we need. We simply need to seek His will for our lives and trust that He will be beside us always to pull us from the flames of life’s tragedies and surprises unscathed.

When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king’s advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them. (Daniel 3:27 HCSB)