The angel of the Lord appeared to (Moses) in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Exodus 3:2
Forest fires have been around for millions of years. Many pine and conifer species have been maintained by natural, frequent, low intensity fires every few years. These fires are important in the maintenance of forest trees and plants, wildlife habitat, nutrients, and other aspects of the ecosystem. But the catastrophic fires we are seeing today, which may be caused in part by overuse of the land and by climate change, are destructive to nature and communities, and must be controlled. Some ways to manage these uncharacteristic fires is to use reforestation techniques and controlled burning.
Throughout the Bible, God uses the image of fire to demonstrate to His people that He will destroy what is worthless but protect what is good. Moses came upon a bush that appeared to be burning but was not consumed (Exodus 3:1-9). God spoke to Moses out of this bush, saying, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground” (v. 5). That certainly got Moses’ attention! Then God told Moses that He planned to deliver the Israelites from their plight at the hands of the cruel Egyptian pharaoh. Another example of God using fire to show His power is in the third chapter of Daniel. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to denounce their God, so the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had them bound and thrown into a fiery furnace (I Kings 3:19-20). But not only did the three men survive the fire without so much as a blister, a fourth man, presumable an angel of the Lord, was clearly seen with them in the furnace (v. 25). And in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, the Apostle Paul speaks of work done for God by us on earth that “will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done” (v. 13). Paul makes clear in this passage that those doing acceptable work will be rewarded, but even if work is not accepted by God, those who strive to do good deeds will not be punished (v. 14-15).
Oh, God, You created fire for good. Save us from the devastating fires that destroy the land, nature, and people. Amen
Meg Blaine Corrigan tells stories of wisdom, strength, fear, joy and risk-taking. Daughter of a raging alcoholic mother, and survivor of sexual assault at gunpoint, Corrigan has shaken a dismal past and flung herself into the arms of Christ, Who sustains her in her daily walk of grace. She shares with her listeners her incredible story of surviving and thriving through many trials during her seven decades walking this fragile earth. She has been described as a Renaissance Woman, integrating her formal training in psychology and counseling, an enlightening experience as a percussionist for a Polynesian show troupe, and most recently as an inspirational author and blogger. Her exposure to many life experiences has enriched her passion for spreading Christ’s word and helping other trauma survivors. She has a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and thirty-plus years of experience in the field of counseling and social work. She lives in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, with the love of her life, Patrick, and their formerly disenfranchised rescue dog Ginger. www.MegCorrigan.com MegCorrigan@comcast.net