Fireworks and open fires.

So, the fireworks bit of this is rather out of season…  But I had the following thoughts when I was watching them!

Fireworks are great, aren’t they?  The explosions of colour, the accompanying ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.  And they’re often at celebratory times of year, anyway, which further raise the excitement levels of a good old fireworks display.  They’re lively, celebratory, fun, loud, colourful and generally a bit of a boost.

But they don’t exactly keep you warm (well, unless you get really close…) do they?  Sure, they’re nice as an occasional event, but they’re not much practical use on a cold winter’s night.  For that, you need something altogether more low-key.  You need a fire.  Something that is kept topped up with fuel.  Something that’s more warm glow than cool show.

Fireworks are great fun, a chance to get together with others, enjoy celebrating together.  But when you get home, you don’t need more fireworks, you need a fire.

And that got me thinking to summer camps, things like ‘Big Church Day Out’ (and Big Church Night In!).  It’s like a fireworks display.  Awesome fun, great times with a whole bunch of other people.  You can talk about them in the following days, but they won’t keep you going through the winter.  I wouldn’t want to be without them, and, right now, I could really do with something just like that.  But in the long term, they just don’t cut the mustard.  You need a fire to keep you going, not just fireworks.  Life, including the Christian life, is not just filled with exciting bits.  It’s also filled with the day to day needs.  And that’s where the day-by-day life comes in.  Not just the blazing fireworks, but the hard graft of sticking with things.  Prayer, study, you know, the things that keep the fire burning.

How’re you doing with tending the fire?

How can we help people when their fire is burning low?

Sunday morning addition:

So, this morning at church, we looked at Matthew 12:15-21, which includes this quote from Isaiah:

A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out

And the preacher spoke about Jesus’ gentleness and compassion, and His desire to nurture, not snuff out, even the smallest flame.  The faintest spark of spiritual life with glow and grow when it comes into contact with Jesus.  He didn’t come to snuff out your smouldering flicker, but to fan it into flames.

Nice thoughts to add to the fireworks and fire mix 🙂

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