Charred Cinders

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Aftermath of a forest fire in California

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.”

Isaiah 43:2, NASB

This will not be a typical commentary on this verse. (But it will be brief.)

The word I emphasize is “through.” I feel it is the salient point of the whole thought. Through implies a temporary state of being. We “pass through.” In a sense it is the state of being ‘between,’ and it is rarely, or ever comfortable.

Life is all about transitions– a job, children, marriage, health. We’re fine when things are steady and sure. However we feel the strain when things suddenly change. We are compelled to go through some things. Plain and simple. There are three simple things to think about.

  1. God is very present in those moments.
  2. Seldom do they vanish.
  3. They are never welcome.

The One who made the intricacies of our hearts stands by. Floods rage, trees float by. Fires get hot, and all becomes a blackened and charred cinder. Still God holds you. You will pass through this, and come out to the other side. Wiser and more compassionate.

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Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

5 thoughts on “Charred Cinders”

  1. I “like” this! Just as we are “passing through” this life? I’d not thought of it (this “life”) in that fashion till I read your thoughts above. It just “came to me!” We ARE passing “through” this life, as uncomfortable as it may be, that is, what we are doing.

    Jesus said, “…how can I explain what Heaven is like…” when there are no “common points of reference?” (paraphrased)

    As I understand it, it’s like this…

    “IF” we could speak to a “child in the womb”…”HOW” would you describe their first “breath of air?”

    ANSWER: You “WOULDN’T!!!”

    There is NO point of reference as to what it is going to be like to “live on your own!” So it is with “passing-on” and “living in Heaven!” So, when Jesus said, He Will return, raise us up & “change” us in the “blink of an eye” (the process of being born?) and live forever in Heaven…I have no worries about it and look forward to that day!

    From the “womb” to this world, we “retain” the body in which we were created, but, it does “change” in specific ways (i.e. it is no longer dependent on the Mother). Therefore, when we are raised to Heaven, “our” bodies will “change”…again!

    Those amongst us, unwilling to “accept” this change are the ones that will “perish” forever. Do you “believe” in and have “faith” in ” the teachings of Jesus Christ?” For I believe, it Will be that “faith” that Will allow you to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Take Care and God Bless!

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  2. Thank you for talking about the ‘through’. I’m going through some things right now too, and imagine we ALL are! God bless you as He sees you through again and again!

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  3. I almost feel wiser, I would feel compassionate toward anyone going through this. But so far, I cannot muster any compassion toward those giving me grief. They continually choose to do it and still call themselves ‘Christian’. I am always looking at the fruit of people and continually seeing a famine in the land. What is God up to? I have an idea, but I’m not sure.

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  4. I almost feel wiser, I would feel compassionate toward anyone going through this. But so far, I cannot muster any compassion toward those giving me grief. They continually choose to do it and still call themselves ‘Christian’. I am always looking at the fruit of people and continually seeing a famine in the land.

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