So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped out of the fire. 27 Then the high officers, officials, governors, and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke! Daniel 3
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. 3″For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43
Have you ever seen the devastation of a fire and/or smoke? Of fire and smoke, smoke is certainly more dangerous. It can contain highly toxic gases and leaves thick, black deposits on all surfaces, which can result in not only severe health risks, but also causes extensive damage to your home. The most dangerous aspect of smoke is its toxicity, however. The gases within smoke fall within two groups: one that acts as a narcotic and one that acts as an irritant to your body. Initial exposure to the narcotic gases in smoke causes disorientation, confusion, rashness, and even euphoria. Initial exposure to the irritant gases, especially when they contact the mucus-covered membranes in your body such as your eyes and respiratory tract, is extremely painful. Exposure to smoke for longer than two to three minutes is often fatal. However, there is a fire that is beneficial to you and I.
I have been in a trial for 3 years. During this 3 year period I have cried at least once most days and wonder when is it going to end. Even though I am sad, angry and afraid, I have been given really good tools from going through recovery. I use my tools to the best of my ability, but so much happens on a regular basis that sometimes in my despair, I forgot to use them for coping. Let’s see, let me bring you up to speed of all the things that have transpired over the last 3 years. My mom was in a near fatal car accident, 3 weeks later my father is diagnosed with cancer, 3 weeks after that my mother was diagnosed with cancer…..3 months later both parents are cancer free…..3 months later, my grandmother would pass away….my mom would be diagnosed with cancer a second time…..3 months later, my grandfather would pass away…..my mom is cancer free…..3 months later, I would lose my job, now my mother is being diagnosed with cancer for the third time, I would end a near engagement, my mom is now diagnosed stage 4, inoperable and incurable, my father is having tests run and is being told that the bottom part of his heart is dead and they are considering him for the heart transplant list, still unemployed and losing my home. I think I covered it all.
By this point, I am now having symptoms in my body, such as hot flashes every 30 minutes and elevated blood pressure. I am so upset, because I do not have a job, I have no insurance and I cannot afford a doctor visit, labs and a prescription!!! I was terrified, because blood pressure is not something to ignore and can be deadly!! I would cry out to God in my frustration and fear. Everything that he gave me prophetically pointed to my symptoms being emotionally rooted. I knew I needed to get these emotions out of my body, so I became intentional in my recovery to speak about my circumstances in small group and since I could not afford counseling, I became very creative. I would sit down in my home and imagined a person sitting in front of me. I imagined that I was in a professional setting and talking to a counselor. Over many sessions, I unloaded my fears, frustrations, concerns, sadness and disappointment. After about a month and a half, I noticed that my physical symptoms began to reverse and I may have 2 hot flashes a day now and my blood pressure seems to be lower. During this process of me being fearful of my health, crying myself to sleep for fear that something bad would happen to me since I was not under medical care, etc….. the Lord would comfort me with His word.
Be strong and courageous, and do it. Fear not, be not dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail or forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. 1Chron 28
what!? I am doing work for the Lord!!
Those who sow with tears, will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126
Today, I am still unemployed and seek employment everyday, I am still losing my home. “O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires. Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, And your entire wall of precious stones.… I am already starting to reap those rubies and precious stones in wisdom, revelations and an experience to call upon for times of future trials and questions answered, can I endure this? Oh yes I can! He has done it once and he will do it again!!! I have gone to a new level of trust in the Lord, where I had a fear of death for years, he has protected and guarded me as my Great Physician and also having a deep revelation that the only thing that matters in life is God and the people in our lives……material things can be replaced, but not family and loved ones !!!!
While fire and smoke are fatal in the natural, I am walking through another type of fire, the flames are surrounding me, however they do not touch me. The remnant of smoke after a fire is almost impossible to get rid of without a lot of work. As I am passing through the fire, I do not have even a smell of smoke on my body and I was not destroyed by the possibility of lethal inhalation – I have been given new life. Fire and smoke also weaken the structure of a home…….God’s fire is the contrary, this fire has not weakened me, it has strengthened me and I will be stronger than I was before this trial!!