It is so hot and soooooooo humid here in Queensland Australia. Yes, the summer is always humid here, but with so much water covering the whole State from recent floods the humidity is higher than usual and perspiration is streaming down from my head, sticking my hair to my neck and stinging my eyes.
Why am I sitting here with fans blasting at me from all directions, thinking about fire? I’d rather be thinking about cold and snow and ice, but my thoughts are about a fire – a BIG fire.
In Chicago, in 1871, a woman was milking her cow by the light from a little lamp of oil. The cow kicked over the lamp. The flame kindled a wisp of hay, and another wisp, and another, until all the hay in the stable was alight and it burned the whole stable.
Soon the next building was on fire, and the next, and the next.
The fire kept spreading, devouring all in its path, until only two buildings were left standing in a territory one mile wide and three miles long!
ONE TINY FLAME
FROM ONE TINY LAMP
HAD LAID CHICAGO IN ASHES!
Thought for fellow Christians:
God uses small things – and small people.
He hides the wealth of a field of wheat in bags of tiny seeds.
He hides His giant oak trees in little acorns.
Of myself I am nothing. I can achieve nothing.
But God chooses to use the weak things of this world
and He empowers them to do the impossible.
If I allow the fire of God to take hold in me, I might only be a wisp of hay, but if it sets me on fire, that fire will communicate itself to another – and another – and another.
It will burn on and on and THEN we will see God at work in a world which is in desperate need but is turning its back on the only One who can answer that need.
If many of us allow ourselves to be used as a spark,
we may see fires all over the world.
We may see revival!
In Christ, we are more than conquerors.
Surrendered to Him, He could use us to turn our world upside down.
Some timely words from Elizabeth Ann Head 1850-1936
O Breath of Life come sweeping through us.
Revive Thy Church with life and power.
O Breath of Life, come, cleanse, renew us
And fit Thy Church to meet this hour.
Revive us Lord! Is zeal abating
While harvest fields are vast and white?
Revive us Lord! The world is waiting.
Equip Thy Church to spread the Light.