Fire Attack: Battling Life’s Fires
“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God,” (Isaiah 43:2-3).
As a firefighter, we look at fire differently than anyone else. Everyone else sees a tragedy whereas we see an opportunity: an opportunity to make a difference, to apply our skills, and to give back to the community. In my line of work, the words “control time” mean to stop the forward progress of the incident. We work diligently to stop the fire from spreading and preventing any further harm or damage.
As an experienced firefighter, you approach the job with a sense of calm and perform your duties almost fearlessly. This is not due to blind courage but due to years of experience, training, and application that has provided you with the confidence to do the job all the while remembering the inherent danger of it.
In our lives, we should take comfort that God promises to walk with us through the trials and protect us. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1b) During the trials of our lives, take a moment to look at them from God’s perspective: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4) Look at trials as you do fires from the mindset of an experienced Christian firefighter. This is not your first fire and it will not be your last. Walk with confidence, knowing that God is with you.
Be safe & God Bless,
Andy J. Starnes