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walk through fire

When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2
 
 
My friend Christine was burned many years ago, so she has a unique perspective about what it means to walk through fire.  Here is a devotional thought she wrote in 2000.
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On June 19, 1997, I walked into my kitchen and found a pot of grease on fire. In an effort to save the house from burning, I accidentally spilled the grease on myself, burning 38% of my body.  I was rushed to a burn unit in Mobile, Alabama where I spent the next 31 days.  It took two full years to recover.
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As I fought for my life and struggled with faith, God whispered His promises to me, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you.  I have called you by name; you are Mine!  For I am the Lord your God – the Holy One of Israel, your Savior!”
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With the comfort of these verses came confusion.  How can He say, “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze?”  I clearly had proven scripture false because I had been burned.  Where was the protection He’d promised when I needed it most?
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God reminds His people Israel that He knows them by name, has made a special covenant with them and He will not let anything overcome them.  He does not promise a life free of “floodwaters and fire,” but He does promise His love and protection.

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Our physical bodies are not exempt from floods and fires, but our hearts are held in the hands of our Redeemer.  He doesn’t promise protection from physical pain, but He does promise that He will be with us (Isaiah 43:2,5). He will love us because we are precious to Him (Isaiah 43:4), and He will bring us back to Himself (Isaiah 43:4-7).

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Three years later, I have walked through the fire and have smelled the stench of charred skin: “But I have also tasted the goodness of God’s love!”

On June 19, 1998 an ultrasound revealed God’s gift of twins.  As I sit here now listening to the playful voices of Abi and Micah, I rejoice that God has a perfect plan that doesn’t depend on my faithfulness.  I am so grateful His passion to pursue my heart and fill its thirst is never ending — even if it means walking with me through fire.

“It may not be the way I would have chosen

When you lead me through a world that’s not my home

But you never said it would be easy

You only said I’ll never go alone.”

 Ginny Owens, “If You Want Me To” from the CD Without Condition 

Christine Davis                                                                                                     Knoxville, Tennessee                                                                                           From the Heart of a Lion, © 2000 Bryan College: Bryan College Press, Dayton, Tennessee.

 

 

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