Saturday, September 14, 2013

Through the Fire

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Three men bound up and tossed into the fire by order of the king for not worshipping something other than their True King.  The reality and consequences seemingly inescapable...and yet, they are brought out of the fire completely unscathed.  The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is one of my favorites because it shows God's almighty power and His profound immanence, his "God with us-ness", all bound together.  Not only did these men walk out of the fire with "no hair singed", no tunic damage, and no fire smell, but when they were in the fire, they were not alone.  God was with them the whole time for when the king looked into the furnace, he saw not 3 men, but 4.

Oh to live a life so fully trusting in the powerful love of Christ that I would not allow my situation to overpower me, but trust completely in God's unfailing and relentless love for me.  My prayer is that I would release those situations and circumstances that claw and grasp for control of my life, my thoughts, my energy to the Only One who rules in perfect sovereignty, acknowledging that difficulties and struggles will arise in this life, but facing them alone will not.  Will you join me?

Blessings for the journey.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Carroll, This is Hillary..I love love love reading your blog journals. I have been following them for a few months. You are an amazing writer and not only that, but I feel like God is also speaking to me in ways while reading them also. I just forwarded your last entry to my sister in law, Liz. She has been through a lot in the past year, including her accident, becoming paralyzed, and more recently, something no woman would ever want to experience. I hope she feels the same love that I did when reading your message. I have never heard the story of the three men in the fire, but I am so glad you shared that. I hope you and Grady are doing well! Love you both!

    Hillary Mitchell

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