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THE RELIGION CORNER: Little Fires Everywhere

…when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. — Isiah 43:2

On my flight to New Orleans last week, there was a young lady sitting beside me with a book she seemed to be enjoying. The title caught my attention! It was “Little Fires Everywhere!” When I Googled this book to see what the summary was talking about, it said “Shaker Heights is a well-heeled community. There has been a fire at the Richardsons’ house. The firemen report there were ‘little fires everywhere’ (multiple points of origin) around the house. Isabel “Izzy” Richardson, a freshman, is the black sheep of her family and is missing. Her siblings Trip, Moody and Lexie all suspect she was the culprit.”

When the firemen notice little fires everywhere and said it appears that someone started these fires, it caused me to ponder.

When we come up against troubles in our lives, many times we handle these situations unsuccessfully and, thus, symbolically, we create little fires. If you’re not careful, you could look around and find that several situations are beginning to burn, and others are now out of control. Without intervention, a fire will definitely ignite.

Let’s take a look at something that is happening in your life that could be like this metaphor. Single mothers often are raising children after the husband is put in jail, dies or more often than not, just chooses to negate his responsibility.

Yes, I know how this feels from my own experiences, caring for three children without child support and no alimony. I found myself fighting little fires almost daily! Being an entrepreneur became a necessity for me. Working on a job wasn’t enough income to care for three children, especially during those early years, when I didn’t even have any college education.

Finally, the day came when I was able to attend Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Not only did I earn my bachelor of arts degree, but I went back and got my master’s in the field of communications. It has truly been a blessing!

Thankful of how God brought me through those rough times; and how He and His angels walked beside me daily. He allowed me and my children to walk through the fire without getting burned.

Isaiah 43:2 says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

The good part about this metaphor is that when we come out on the other side, we will be stronger than ever before. This is an example of how our Lord and Savior will mold us into who He wants us to become. Whether we’re talking clay or fire, when we are His children, there will be some times when our strength is tested.

No matter what happens, we must lean and depend on God, and TRUST HIM. I found this acronym that really captures my thoughts on the subject of TRUST:

T – Thanksgiving: Almost always, when I sense that the fire has gone out and my passion has waned, it’s because I stopped being grateful, stopped thanking God for all of the blessings I enjoy.

R – Repentance: Another fire quencher is sin and selfish attitudes. Scripture says that His kindness leads us to repentance.

U – Understand: Oftentimes when we feel our flame flickering and not burning brightly, it’s because we’ve approached God only for what He can do for us and not for who He is.

S – Stand and Surrender: When we don’t feel God’s presence and His promises don’t exactly feel true, it’s time to stand on the Word of God because it is true.

T – Trust: When I lose perspective on life, I’ve somewhere along the line stopped trusting God.

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email lyndiagrant@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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