This passage above from Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for everything, and everything has its season. While it may be painful to see the destruction of a beautiful forest, it helps to remember that God created the ecology of a forest to have many cycles, and fire is a necessary season. Fires don’t usually wipe out the whole forest. They open the forest to allow more sunlight to reach the ground and this benefits plants that could not get established in the shade. The fire gives them a chance to grow. Fires clear out clutter and break down nutrients from old logs, leaves and dense undergrowth to make the soil more fertile. Some seeds can only sprout after a fire.
After a fire, new life springs quickly from the ashes. After a fire comes a season of growth and change that leads to a new forest. The forest goes on, adapting, striving, and maturing until the next season of fire comes when the cycle starts all over again.
We too experience seasons of destruction in our lives that feel like wildfires. The fires of illness, bitter disputes, financial crisis, failure, relationship problems, loss, and other kinds of trouble can be beneficial to us when they burn away the meaningless clutter in our lives and help us become fertile ground for new spiritual growth. These seasons of living fire can leave us changed and ready for new possibilities to spring forth like a Phoenix from the ashes.
We may suffer while the fire is burning but no fire burns forever. If your life is on fire now, hang on to the parts of your life that are not burning, and remember that all fires go out eventually. Life will go on, and for God’s people, a new season of spiritual growth will spring from the ashes.
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.org and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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