Not too many people love a discourse that dabbles around fire. I won’t blame them; God didn’t give man the luxury of being comfortable around the blazing flame.

From it terrifying damages on valuables to it destructive blows on lives, fires haven’t really created too many lovely memories after its known interaction with man through ages. Yes, very important in the kitchen, when it’s meticulously placed under control.

But then, there is a special kind of heat generated from God-controlled fire. With man, fire burns, but God shares a different view. From God’s perspective, fire beautifies if it’s received properly! The only part of God’s fire I dread the most, is the one that takes a man through the whole fiery process again when he fails to be properly baked!
And, that’s the best God will do for love. The alternative is to leave you for fragility and deformity!

Have you ever imagined what will become of a potter’s work if he fails to take it through the necessary heat of the fire? The potter isn’t looking at the burns, his focus is fixed on the strength and beauty built in the vessel by the fire. Without the fire, the potter’s work may still be beautiful but will be fragile!

As I have discovered, the rule is: don’t put yourself in the fire. Don’t allow others to walk you into fires. Just then, you can blossom and grow from God-produced/controlled fired. Always remember that, God may send a load but, never an overload.

Next time, when you have the privilege to stroll through the fire experience, remember what Peter said.

“that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:7.

If we live without the pressures of fire, we are as fragile as the potter’s unfired vase.

Firstposted on June 21, 2013
(C) Sanusi Okesola S


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