As kids, we’re told not to play with fire, because it’s dangerous and we could get hurt. “Don’t touch that hot stove, or you’ll get burned,” is what I remember in my youth years. Not realizing God was about to turn the heat up in her life, Stevie didn’t have time to prepare for the worst. Honestly, I don’t think any of us can. We’re not given a heads up, warning or protection plan. We’re thrust in the fire and expected to survive it. Some of us can come out unscathed, while others feel the burn. Although Stevie has suffered long, she’s about to be pulled from the fire. After speaking with her recently, she ecstatically told me she would be graduating this August with her nursing degree. To say I’m proud would be an understatement. I’m happy that despite her pain, trials and tribulations, she regained her faith and placed her trust solely in God. As a result, He saw her out.
You may be in a hot situation now and feeling the burn, but no matter the severity of the flames, they won’t consume you. God promised in His word Isaiah 43:2, “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (NLT). If anything, God is going to use you to set this world ablaze. It’s hot now, but there’s a purpose for the flames.