Trial by Fire


           It has been two months since I’ve put a blog on the website and I really don’t have an excuse but one word – distraction.  The cares of this life have kept me pretty busy because the day after Thanksgiving there was a fire in my kitchen.  About 11:00 that night I noticed a strange chemical odor in my house.  I walked through the house two times trying to locate it.  On the third trip I was shocked to see my pantry door engulfed in flames and spreading fast.  The smoke was quickly filling the house.   I was able to rescue my two dogs but one of my birds who I had had for 10 years died.  George, my 14 year old dove, survived and he continues to be a real trooper.

      There have been so many miracles this past two months and I will only mention a couple here.  A week before the fire a thought came into my head to get a five gallon water jug for my top loader cooler.  Usually I only get 3 gallons as that is all I can handle.  I knew my son was coming over and he could put it in for me.  This was the first time in 2 years I had that much water in the container. 

      Three firetrucks and an ambulance arrived quickly and put out the fire without a lot of water damage.  The fireman said that the water from the water cooler is what quenched the fire so that I didn’t lose my entire house.

      It is amazing how in times of tragedy the Lord’s grace and mercy become quickly evident.  My precious El Salvadorian neighbors have helped me in so many ways and let me spend the night at their house.  Also, having my son Clint who lives in Frisco close by has helped me tremendously.

      As I’ve gone through this process of losing so much in the fire (although most has been restored now two months later) I stumbled across the scripture that Paul spoke of when he said that he counted all his loss as excrement compared to the glory of apprehending Christ.

      Philippians 3:8:  “Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Christ.”

      Perhaps through this fire I can better understand what prisoners go through when they feel those steel doors close behind them for the first time.  There must be an overwhelming sense of loss.  I’ve read so many letters of men who have lost wives, children, family members and it is heartbreaking, but many have discovered the silver lining behind the gray cloud.  As we plunge ourselves deeply into the Word of God and apprehend Christ through the born again experience of water and Spirit we are lifted into heavenly places with Him and the things of this earth become strangely dim.  It is going to be worth it all one glorious day.

      “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

If any man’s work abide which he hath built upon, he shall receive a reward.

If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”  I Corinthians 3:13-15

      I wouldn’t trade this trial for anything.  I have learned to rejoice evermore for that is the will of God, and being in the Lord’s will is all that really matters.  I’ve also grown in patience which is worth more than gold.



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