Embers

embers

 

Several weeks ago, I was outside on my patio getting ready to grill up some steaks for the family. One of my absolute favorite way to cook a steak is on a good charcoaled grill. As I was waiting for the grill and the charcoal to get hot enough to put the steaks on, I notice these little particles escaping from the charcoal pit. They looked like little fire flies flowing all around the surface of the grill. I was fascinated by what I was seeing. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them and I wanted to so desperately catch them and put them in a jar as a keep sake. I proceeded to call my wife to the patio to ask her what the heck were these beautifully flowing pieces of fire. You see, I’ve always had this fascination with fire and, or things that light up by fire. To be quite honest, I was in major part as a kid and in a minor part as an adult, a little pyromanic (I’ve been able to suppressed that desire since entering adulthood). Looking at the charcoal and the subsequent pieces of little fire floating in the air, I asked my wife what in the world was these pieces called? I couldn’t for the life of me remember the name and I knew it was something to do with flame or something of that nature. My wife told me the word I was struggling to remember and the name for the floating pieces of fire were called…embers
 
An ember…
A burning piece of wood…
A hot coal…
 
An ember is a glowing, hot coal made of greatly heated wood, coal, or other carbon-based material that remain after, or sometimes precede a fire. Embers can glow very hot, sometimes as hot as the fire which created them. They radiate a substantial amount of heat long after the fire has been extinguished. You can see embers after any sort of fire regardless of the size of it (i.e. forest fire, friendly bon fire, grilling, coal burning…etc). Embers are the byproduct of fire and as the definition states, can sometimes radiate as much heat as the fire itself. One of the more amazing facts about embers is how they glow and seem to never be extinguishable. Have you ever watch embers just burn and burn and burn and burn…etc? Without the help of dirt, water, or some other dry, oxygen depriving substance, embers can go on burning for a very long time. 
 
Never stop burning…
Never stop glowing…
Never stop radiating…
 
Besides the fact that embers stirs up the old and suppressed pyromaniac in me, It also moves within me in my thinking about who Jesus is and how he does, can, and will resonate within us. When I think about embers and how it can be compared to who Jesus is, what he stood for, and how he loves, my mind is filled with images of a God who is…
 
Glowing…
Alive & well…
Forward & Onwards…
Radiates & Resonates…
Inextinguishable…
 
Jesus is the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow and there is nothing in this world or the next that can change that! Jesus has resonated before the beginning of time and will continue to after time ceases to exist. If this then is the God we know, why not let him resonate and radiate within us? Why not let him become an ember in our heart, mind and soul? It gives me an amazing feeling of being surrounded in the presence of Jesus at all times being a follower of Him. I want nothing more than for you to know the same feeling. 
 
Feeling of resonating…
Feeling of radiating…
Feeling of reverberating…
 
When we live in the present-glow of Jesus, our lives take on new meaning. Our old lives loses it value and the bondage of brokenness loses it hold on us. As Paul writes in the scriptures…”In Christ Jesus, we are a new creation…” Its no wonder that in the wilderness at the bottom of a mountain, Moses was in awe when a bush surrounded in fire wasn’t burning up! Moses took of his sandals because he could feel that this place was filled with awe and wonder. The God and creator of the world was resonating within and around Moses. I love how Moses says when looking at the burning bush…”I will turn aside to see this great light…” Moses understood that these embers were so beautiful, so creatively wonderful, masterfully made. Moses understood that around and within him, the God of the universe was radiating his presence in that cave. 
 
Because God is always presence…
Because God is always near…
Because God is always Immersed…
 
Can God be that in your life? Will you allow God to be alive within your heart, the life in your bones? Will you allow God to live within you, resonate around you, radiate in you? 
One more thing about embers and Jesus. When embers catch the wind, it’s such a beautiful thing to watch and witness before your eyes. They’re in constant motion, never ceasing to stop, always moving forward. Jesus is a forward moving God, always pursuing us onwards. Never looking back, reminding you of your past. Jesus knows you’re broken, he knows you’re weak, he knows you’re gonna fail from time to time. But if you will let this fire, these embers burn within your soul, Jesus moves you beyond your brokenness to a life lived in the fullness of Him. He is always with you…to the end the of ages. 
 
As Moses writes in the book of Exodus…”The LORD said…I have surely seen the affliction of my people…I have heard their cry…I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out…”
 
May you know Jesus…
May you know embers…
May Jesus resonate with and around you…
May you know the love of a forward and onwards God…

And may you know that He is ALWAYS with you…even to the end of the age. 
 

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