When God calls us out on a limb, that is the safest place to be. My head gets it, my heart doesn’t. My heart is what holds me to the ground, terrified and resistant. Stupid heart.
What if God calls us into the fire, a fiery furnace to be exact? Check this out from Daniel 3.
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. 22 Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
This wasn’t just fire, it was fiery fire of the hottest nature. Seven times hotter than normal. Does your life seem like that sometimes? Just can’t catch your breath or so worn down by the exhaustion.
I was there. God had even told me, “Holly, you will walk through the fire, but you won’t be burned.” (Isaiah 43:2)
So standing in the fire, with my world crumbling around me, no hope, all lost… I saw Him.
You see, it’s in walking through the fire that we see the light of His face.
And not only that, but my favorite part of the story of Rack, Shack, and the other guy is that everyone standing outside of the fire, saw Him. Isn’t that the coolest?? When we are standing in the midst of fiery trials, when God is calling you there and you are trusting Him completely, then those on the outside looking in will see Him. That gives me courage.
I love that when we are in the center of God’s will, either on a limb or in the fire, we are unbound. No chains, no fear, just Jesus.
Today, if you are barely hanging on to that limb or you can barely breath for all the fire around you, remember to stop and look for His face. Walk in courage knowing that your trials are not in vain, others may be seeing His face, as well.