Fire season 2015 in Washington State was labeled “epic.” Property, land, and lives were lost. Great fires spread on dry ground.
The faint smell of campfire was the first sign. Even if you don’t see flames, there’s an odor. We wiped eyes and cleared throats as health hazards were issued. Distant fires have close consequences.
How do we keep from burning when our world is ablaze?
“So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5-6)
Trending news infects life with toxic aromas of conflict, criticism, and chaos. Since the tongue “is a fire,” gossip, malice, anger, sarcasm, and lies bring devastation. A simple comment or conversation may spark conflict, igniting a consuming blaze.
Lives, reputations, fellowship and families smolder before the source of an “epic” fire season is known. We can prepare the ground of our hearts for when smoke reaches close to home. We can snuff it out.
A well-watered life puts out sparks when firestorms draw near.
- Fires start on dry ground. Lives infused with Living Water are prepared when firestorms of words and opinions reach close to home.
- Fires start with a spark. Our voices do not have to add fuel to the flames of anger, anxiety, and arrogance.
- Fires start where there’s need. Thirst leads to withering, and withering creates tinder. If we live without God’s Spirit, we wither and add to the tinder.
Sooner or later, we find ourselves in “fire season.” How will we keep a firestorm from igniting our own lives?
Water is the answer to fire. Firefighters make access to water a priority, because water puts fire in its place. Followers of Christ need daily Living Water.
The blessed man of Psalm 1 “is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither,” (Psalm 1:3). Damage is done by sparks on dry hearts. Jesus invites us to satisfy thirst in Him and overflow to the parched world (John 7:37-38). A well-watered life puts out sparks when firestorms draw near.
- Am I drinking from God’s word daily?
- Am I letting His Spirit reign and rain in me?
- Am I maintaining a clean thought life?
- Am I keeping my heart refreshed with worship and prayer?
- Am I gathering with believers to stay well-watered?
We speak with our mouths, pens, status updates, clicks on a like button, and facial expressions. Will our words be a balm of blessing in our dry world, or will we add fuel to the burning?
The prayer of a well-watered life: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)