I've seen fire and I've seen rain. That James Taylor classic—and all the displaced families in the Smoky Mountains—have been on my mind this weekend. Despite extraordinary human efforts to contain the Chimney Tops fire, what they really needed to put it out was rain.
A fire chief in Tennessee told me something I've been thinking about all weekend. He said that some fires are so swift and powerful that you can't take them head-on, and you can't outrun them. Firefighters have to make sure they have on all their protective gear and basically let the fire line roll over them. Then they can head in the opposite direction—into "the black"—where the fire has already consumed all of its fuel and can't return.
How's that for a life lesson? When you're faced with a problem so big that you can't outrun it and you can't face it head-on, put on your protective gear and trust it to keep you safe from whatever fire you're walking through. Have faith that the healing rains will come.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
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