If you have read my posts this month closely, you will realize that I did not post every day in October like I said I would.
Yesterday, Sunday, was a long day and I was tired. So I went to bed instead of writing.
Now, however, I have an illustration that spoke volumes to me.
Once a month, we have a church small group that meets at our house. There is food. We generally laugh. Something from the Bible is discussed. It makes for a really enjoyable time with fellow followers of Jesus. We encourage one another.
It was decided that we meet outside. So I pulled out the small, round portable fire pit and got a fire started. It was both for warmth and ambiance.
At 9:00ish, after we had cleaned up and everyone went home, I needed to deal with the fire.
In our firepit (think small depression in the lawn with no grass growing), there were a large number of old deck boards. We replaced our deck this summer.
I poured out the embers from the portable firepit onto the pile of used boards that were already stacked in the firepit.
Then I went in and watched some TV with my wife.
About 10:00, I was brushing my teeth and decided I had better check on the fire. There was a full-blown bonfire raging in my backyard! So cool!!! The embers had started the boards on fire without any assistance.
But it was bedtime so I needed to put it out. Bummer, it was a great fire!
With the hose in hand, I doused the fire to the point where I thought it was too wet for even a spark to burn.
Guess what? Yep, you guessed it. When I took my dog out for his morning poop and pee at 5:30, the fire pit was empty! Nothing but ashes!
Apparently, the fire did start up again. It must have burned through the night. The pile of ash was still warm that many hours later!
All God needs is an ember. In my opinion, our availability is the ember that God can use to start a fire.
The world is broken and used up (like the old deck boards). Our life can be the spark that is used to set people ablaze for God.
If you feel dried up and spent, remember this:
Wood that is dry and empty is the quickest to start on fire.
Be available to God.
He just may start a fire in you or because of you.
Burn baby burn!!!